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How do the writers of ‘Harry’ and ‘The red room’ create suspense and tension in their stories?

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"How do the writers of 'Harry' and 'The red room' create suspense and tension in their stories?" In the following text I am going to explain how the writers of 'Harry' and 'The red room' create suspense and tension in their stories. The two stories differ from each other but also have similarties. The main similarity is the genre, both stories are short ghost stories. They are also quite different from each other because of the periods of time they were written in. The red room is a typical gothic style story written in 1896 by H.G. Wells. Harry, written by Rosemary Timperley in the 1950's has a modern twist to it and is rather different from the average ghost story. Firstly, I am going to give a brief summary of what the two stories are about. Harry is about a family which have an adopted daughter, Christine. Christine came from an unhappy family and was unwanted by her parents. She also had an older brother named Harry, one night Christine's father tried to kill himself and the family by turning on the gas while they were sleeping. Harry must have smelt the gas during the night so he took Christine and jumped out of the window. When they hit the ground, Harry's neck broke. He died, but little Christine survived. Christine is found and is adopted. ...read more.

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"My hands were trembling as I put on my hat and gloves. It was chilly in the house nowadays as if there were a cold shadow over it in spite of the sun outside," shows the emotion of Christine's mother and how the past few events of the whole Harry situation has affected her. The ending paragraph, "Such ordinary things make me afraid. Sunshine. Sharp shadows on grass. Children with red hair. And the name - Harry. Such an ordinary name!" is the same as the starting paragraph which I thought was well thought out but I think with all that suspense and tension throughout the story, the reader would expect a more powerful ending. A decent story with a disapointing ending. The title The red room immediately attracts the reader's attention. Why is the room red? We usually associate red with fear and danger, but is the room really dangerous? The title raises much curiosity that it has an overwhelming affect, wanting us to read on and find answers to our questions. The first line of the story "I can assure you," said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." The reader can assume two pieces of information. Firstly that this story involves a ghost, and secondly that the character is an educated and well read man. The peak of intrest consists right throught the story, and unlike Harry, the story is short and gets straight to the point. ...read more.

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The old people who live in the castle don't use most of it because they are afraid of 'The red room'. This keeps them well away from this section of the castle. The castle is appropriate because here what we do not know is more frightening then what we do know. A castle is a perfect example of what we do not know! It is full of rooms corridors and stairs. This story is set at night. Language plays an important part and changes with characters. In Harry the language is just as you would expect it to be. Christine has child like vocabulary. E.g. "Mummy and daddy." While her parents sound like typical modern day adults. Typically, the writer has made the old woman who tells Christine's mother about her past sound crazy. In The red room the old people have an old English vocabulary, whereas the young man is given a very upper class and stylish vocabulary. Character description also plays a big part, it allows the reader to envision the characters appearence. The only descriptions in Harry were of Christine and Harry, both had red hair. The red room wasn't very descriptive, the writer described the chracters like ' the man with the withered arm' or 'the old woman'. The writers use suspense and tension to make the story interesting and keep the readers attention. The storys have different outcomes but the similar themes: To be denied information as a reader is far more powerful than to know the truth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sonia R Singh 10DCH ...read more.

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