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How does H G Wells convey fear in ‘The Red Room’?

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How does H G Wells convey fear in 'The Red Room'? What is fear? Fear is an emotion caused by threat of some form of harm, it is something manifested in bravado or symptoms of anxiety, and is prompting a decision to fight the threat of escape from it. People fear the unanticipated and are concurrently captivated with it. Fear is an emotion that horror movies play on to frighten viewers making them anxious of things that do not even exist. Fear is danger and danger is harm. Fear can be envisioned through the colour red, a symbol for danger. By using the word 'red' in the title the author, H G Wells, shows some sort of danger or fear in the story. Red is usually associated with fear and danger. He shows fear by showing the narrator to be a very cocky and confident person. He gradually changes his mood when he experiences fear. The title 'The red room' gives a creepy feeling to the reader, the red obviously stands for 'danger' and the 'room' creates an imagination in the reader's minds, telling them it is a haunted room and may also create an imagination of what it looks like. ...read more.

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It creates an eerie in the story. It shows that there is something erroneous with the people. This is a technique used by the writer to create an atmosphere of trepidation in the story. H G Wells has written the story 'The Red Room' as if the author is in the first person narrative. This is so that the reader can imagine that they are part of the action of the story. Example: 'I can assure you,' said I,' that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' In this quote the author, H G Wells has written the words as if the person, who said these lines, is not petrified of anything at all. It seems as if he is extremely brave. He was showing no fear of danger in daunting matters. He also expresses this character to be courageous and ignorant as he does not take any notice of the cautions he has been informed of. H G Wells uses short clauses to show that he is panicking in his thoughts. Example: 'The door creaked, on its hinges, as a second old man entered, more bent, more wrinkled, more aged, even that the first'. ...read more.

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It was all in his mind. Fear is always everywhere. Everyone is petrified of something. H G Wells uses certain terminology to arise fear in the reader's mind, as he says how the visitor experiences a 'sudden twinge of apprehension'. This shows that the visitor's attitude and viewpoints have changed significantly. Further on in the story the visitor starts to act 'hastily' and 'abruptly'. The visitor is now losing his patience as he undergoes a 'considerable nervous tension'. At the beginning of the story the visitor states publicly that it would only take a 'tangible ghost' to frighten him. And he admits that the room that he was so concerned and inquisitive to visit was 'haunted'. Fear is everywhere and is in every human person. Even some animals have fear for other animals. Fear is inside every person. Fear is natural. Fear brings out what a person feels, his feelings. Obviously no one actually likes to show that they fear of something or their weaknesses. No one can hide fear even if they act as if they are so courageous and fearless. In my judgment H G Wells has done extremely well to generate fear in 'The Red Room.' In such a short story he has conveyed fear in a very superior technique. Anjum Kohli The Red Room - Fear 1 ...read more.

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