• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Bram Stoker create an atmosphere of suspense for the reader in The Judge's House?

Extracts from this document...


Christian Jonathan Hidalgo Kerstiens Centre No. ES373 Candidate No. 2609 Bellver International College How does Bram Stoker create an atmosphere of suspense for the reader in The Judge's House? In the Judge's House, Bram Stoker uses several methods to create an atmosphere of suspense. Stoker creates the character of Malcomson, a keen maths student who wants to study without distraction and therefore goes to an isolated place. Malcomson is represented as a mathematician so that every suspicious scene in the house can be answered by him with a logical answer. Mrs Witham, who thinks oppositely to Malcomson, is a mayor key used to cause and create the atmosphere of suspense. ...read more.


The Judge who had lived in the house for years, had used the rope to hang the people he sentenced to death to use it as the rope for the bell in his living room. Malcomson, who does not take notice of the stories, moves into the house. Mrs Witham warns Malcomson about the danger he faces by staying in the house, but Malcomson with his fixed mathematician brain stays firm. During his studying period in the house, Malcomson takes notice of the squealing noises of the rats. Another of Stoker's strategies is to repeat the noise of the little rats over and over again giving us an idea of what they mean. ...read more.


Why was nobody interested in living in it? On his third and last night, Malcomson felt the air thicken, and when he looked up the rope, he saw the rat chew of the last piece of rope. Malcomson takes notice of the flexibility of the rope remembering for what it had been used in the past. Malcomson had lost his chance to call for help, and the feeling of something abound to happen lay in the air. He turned round and there on the chair, sat the Judge wearing his robe. The story reaches it's highest point of excitement ands suspense. Using his eyes to hypnotise Malcomson, the Judge hangs him on the rope. The atmosphere of suspense has exploded and the reader takes in some deep breathes. The tension has vanished and Stoker has achieved the purpose to make the reader aware of the unknown. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Bram Stoker section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Bram Stoker essays

  1. An analysis of The Judge's House By Bram Stoker.

    This is an absolute essential in every ghost story. There are many instances where this can be seen and one of them is "...then a very odd sensation..." These controversial words like "odd" really give the effect of inscrutability and vagueness. This can also be established by looking at the phrase," Strangely, too, the departure of this rat was

  2. How does Bram Stoker use Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and ...

    The laws of physics tell us that. But Dracula somehow doesn't throw a shadow. This means that he is defying the laws of Physics, which once again shows how unusual and how inhuman like Dracula is. The last quotation which gets the reader wondering about Dracula is "He can see in the dark-no small power this" It

  1. How do the authors Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe and M.R James create horror ...

    He talks about how two of them have "high aquiline noses, like the count" and how the third was "fair, fair as can be, with masses of golden hair and eyes like pale sapphires". One of the women start kissing Jonathan's neck and Jonathan is in ecstasy however the Count turns up and he is furious.

  2. How does Bram Stoker use Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and ...

    As the first character writes about his personal experiences we find that proves to be very effective, in the way the writer is able to portray the gothic theme to the reader. The first example would be Jonathan's journey to Eastern Europe, 'The impression I had that we were leaving the West and entering the East'.

  1. Discuss possible answers to this question with reference to at least two critical or ...

    125). This gender distortion is evident in the asexual vampiric mouth; the primary site of the erotic in Dracula. Craft argues "luring at first with an inviting orifice, a promise of red softnesss, but delivering instead a peircing bone, the vampire mouth fuses and confuses what Dracula's civilised nemesis,

  2. "The Gothic is concerned primarily with representing transgression and taboo, there is nothing more ...

    in order to distance themselves from what they saw as populist, appealing to the baser elements in human nature and society and...dangerous. They may have felt their position threatened by the massive (though covert) popularity of Gothic literature, much as the middle classes felt threatened by the working class culture of Robert Lowe's "venal masses".

  1. What boudaries does the vampire threaten? Discuss possible answers to this question with ...

    Roth argues that Harker, Van Helsing, Seward and Holmwood are all attracted to vampires; and to sexuality in general. Fearing this, they displace this attraction and justify their negative reaction to it by projecting their attraction on to the female vampires; with the rationale it is the vampires who

  2. How does Tim Burton create atmosphere in sleepy hollow?

    The loudness occurs mostly when the horse is chasing an actor through the western woods. The dramatic instrumental occurs when the headless horse man cuts off the head. There are no lyrics due to the fact it wont create an gothic atmosphere.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work