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How do the writers of “The Monkeys Paw” and “The Black Veil”engage and sustain the reader’s interest?

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Ben Howarth 10xw 19th November 2000 How do the writers of these stories engage and sustain the reader's interest The writers of "The Monkeys Paw" and "The Black Veil" engage and sustain the readers interest by using a variety of narrative skills The writer of "The Monkeys Paw" is skilled at creating atmospheric setting. For example the way he describes the weather and surroundings of the house; 'The night was cold and wet.' Even though they are a few words they are affective words as are these; 'Hark the wind.' They describe the outside world in the way you can imagine it yourself. Another of the writer's skills is the convincing characters'. I think that the most convincing character is the sergeant. This is because I think you get a more detailed background of him more than anyone else, and a more detailed description. For example; "Followed by a tall burley man, beady of' followed by a tall burley man, beady of eye and rubicund face." ...read more.


This makes the reader want to read on to see if this true. The authors use a skill of making you feel sorry or sympathetic for the different characters most of all Mr and Mrs White; "He was the only one left to us." When Mr White says this you cant help but feel sorry for him and his wife, because it makes it sound like there had been more children who had died at a young age. This is also felt when the young man is brought back to his mother in the "Black Veil," and we here that the old lady has nobody else left. Overall you can get emotionally involved in the story without noticing it. Jacobs is the best at making the story change from a kind of non realistic atmospheric setting to a real atmosphere when they are told of their sons death. To me Mr and Mrs White seem easier to relate to because I can remember going through the same emotions not so long ago. ...read more.


This is also the part were the suspense drops. The story could finish right there but no, Jacobs builds it back up unlike Dickens who builds it up through the story and lets it go right at the very end when the old lady's son is brought back and we finally find out what has happened to him. Overall I think that "The Monkeys Paw" and "The Black Veil" are pretty much the same in the sense that the endings are very full of suspense. Especially "The Black Veil" because you don't know why the son was hanged but we do know that two people should have been hanged but their was not enough evidence or the second person could not be hanged because of his age. I think it is "The Monkeys Paw" which engages and sustains the suspense the best. I think this is because Jacobs uses the element of suspense well as we find out through him building it up and then dropping it up and building it up and so on. So I guess that "The Monkeys Paw" is the best book to read out of the two. ...read more.

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