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How Do HG Wells And SusanHill Create Tension In The Ghost Stories 'The Red Room', And 'Farthing House'.

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How Do HG Wells And SusanHill Create Tension In The Ghost Stories 'The Red Room', And 'Farthing House'. The two stories I am going to be comparing are 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells and 'Farthing House by Susan Hill. Both 'The Red Room', and 'Farthing House', are typical horror stories in a way in which blood, guts and gore do not come into. The stories were written almost 100 years apart. Despite the 100-year gap there are still many similarities. 'The Red Room' was written in 1896, whereas 'Farthing House' was written in 1992/93. Therefore a difference in the way in which the stories are written are very different. Although tension is created in both of the stories the way in which it is brought are very different. In this essay I will describe the techniques and ways in which tension is created and brought about. ...read more.

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Although many people expect these things from a horror, in 'Farthing House', very little of these expectations are lived up to. There are no blood and guts, and the weather is not cold, dark or foggy. Whereas in 'The Red Room', almost all of our expectations of a horror story are lived up to except for the blood and guts. Another key element of adding tension to a horror story, are the intense detail of description, and the way in which the story and sentences are constructed. Without description, the reader is unable to construct a picture the scene; therefore little tension will be created. In both of the stories, short intense sentences are used. These sentences are just another tool used to add more tension to the story. In 'The Red Room', none of the characters are given names. ...read more.

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Whilst reading 'Farthing House', you are sent a roller coaster of tension. The story starts off with a large amount of tension, then the tension slows down, then once again it gradually builds up to an ending where the reader finally finds out about the ghost. Whereas in 'The Red Room', right from the start, the tension gradually builds up through the detail and great description until the end where all the readers expectations are dashed with an anti-climax. 'Farthing House', doesn't finish with an anti-climax. We know this because the ghost is discovered and all our expectations are lived up to. Finally after looking at all the aspects of what makes a good horror story, and what adds tension I believe that 'Farthing House', does this the best. Despite 'The Red Room' having all the traditional expectations of a horror story, I believe the way in which Susan Hill creates the tension without the use of the traditional techniques is very good. ...read more.

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