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How does H.G Wells build up suspense in his story 'The Red Room' 'The Red Room' is a pre - 20th Century short story written by H.G Wells.

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How does H.G Wells build up suspense in his story 'The Red Room' 'The Red Room' is a pre - 20th Century short story written by H.G Wells. 'The Red Room' is an example of a traditional gothic ghost story. These types of stories were very popular in the 19th Century. Traditional ghost stories are usually set in a gloomy old castle with a haunted room. There may also be an element of darkness in the castle. These features are common in most pre 20th Century gothic literature. It is ironic that the story is titled 'The Red Room' when there is mainly an element of darkness in the room. Wells may have used the title 'The Red Room' to create an image of blood. This creates suspense because it engages the reader and gives them something to expect from the story. The opening line of the story 'I can assure you' builds tension in the reader. This is because it starts in the middle of an argument. ...read more.

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The technique used is effective because it makes the story have an expectancy. Although the young man is fairly confident at the start of his vigil, he shows that he is afraid of darkness. 'This is displayed when the writer states: 'my candle was a little tongue of light in its vastness.' Wells uses personification in this line to create an image in the readers mind. This technique builds up suspense because it engages the reader. Wells repeatedly describes a shadow following the young man: 'and a shadow came sweeping up after me.' Wells uses imagery again in this line to build tension in the story. This makes the story more entertaining for the reader. Wells also makes us feel that the young man is afraid of shadows. We can see this from the following extracts: 'in a shadowy corner' and 'that large sombre room, with its shadowy window bay. ...read more.

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This technique is effective because it makes the reader feel as if they were involved. Wells leaves us in suspense when the young man loses control. This can clearly be seen from the line: 'I bruised myself on the thigh against the table, I sent a chair head long I stumbled and fell and whisked the cloth from the table in my fall.' This line brings suspense to the story because we have no idea how badly he managed to hurt himself. The ending of the story has a clear contrast with the beginning. One of the contrasts is the 'old people.' At the beginning of the story the 'old people' are described in an unfavourable manner. However at the end of the story the old people are shown to be civil and helpful. 'And saw the old woman, no longer abstracted pouring out some drops of medicine from a little blue phial.' The 'old people' are seen now in a whole new perspective. These twist used by Wells are very effective because it makes the story attention grabbing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Uche Umekwe ...read more.

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