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

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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.

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