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How Do E.A. Poe and H.G. Wells Create a Sense of Fear and Horror in the Reader of 'The Tell-tale Heart' and 'The Red Room'?

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How Do E.A. Poe and H.G. Wells Create a Sense of Fear and Horror in the Reader of 'The Tell-tale Heart' and 'The Red Room'? In this essay I am going to explore how E.A. Poe and H.G. Wells create a sense of fear and horror in the reader of their books 'The Tell-tale Heart' and 'The Red Room' by pointing out things like the historical context, analysing the words which are used, discussing the setting, plot, characters and the ending. Both of these stories are Victorian ghost stories. To begin with, ghost stories had a different importance in society at the time when the stories where written. It would have been very scary because they would have been reading by candle light and did not have the luxury of just flicking on a light switch, but nowadays we have scary films like 'Scream' and can just turn on lights if we get scared. ...read more.


and "...his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth." These examples increase the tension of the story because they put a horrible picture in the reader's mind. In 'The Tell-tale Heart', H.G. Wells starts off the story quickly with short sentences with lots of commas and hyphens. He also uses visual images but not as many. He uses senses like touch but mainly sound, like where it says's '...cough and splutter...' The character in the book also asks the reader lots of questions like 'You fancy me mad...' and '...am I mad?'. It seems as if the character is trying to prove to the reader and to himself that he is not mad. I thought that both the stories had an equal effect of creating a sense of fear and horror in the reader. The plot in the 'The Red Room' at the beginning is not very tense and has a gradual build-up of tension. ...read more.


Right from the beginning of 'The Tell-tale Heart' it is obvious that the narrator is nervous, mad and is the total opposite of calm. After the first two paragraphs he eases up a little but as the story goes on he gets more and more tense until the very end when he gets found out and kills the man. During the story he has a problem with another man's eye, the reader never finds out why but it is probably just the simple fact that he is mad. 'The Tell-tale Heart' definitely does a better job of creating a sense of fear and horror in the reader than 'The Red` Room'. At the end of 'The Red Room' it is all very calm and quiet which is completely different to the end of 'The Tell-tale Heart which ends full of tension with the use of short sentences. Both of the stories would have been very scary when they first came out but I didn't find them very scary at all, but the story did definitely create a sense of fear and horror. ...read more.

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