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How does H G Wells convey the experience of fear in 'The Red Room'

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How does H G Wells convey the experience of fear in 'The Red Room' The narrative, 'The Red room,' written by H G Wells, conveys to the reader, the emotion of fear and how it plays a part in people's lives. He does this by slowly building up fear in the main character, the narrator, and the reader. It gives the reader a notion of something ominous is about to occur, right from the beginning. This is firstly built up by the description of the inhabitants of the house. The narrative unfolds by the discussion concerning ghosts, which is a typical form of trying to produce fear, '...it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' This tries to portray to the reader that the narrator is brave and doesn't believe in ghosts. It also makes the reader prepared for what is to come. The description of the old people is slowly yet greatly described giving an overall view of old, suspicious and grotesque looking beings. This plays a major factor in the narrative, trying to build up fear in the reader and portray the fear being produced in the narrator. 'It is your own choosing,' said the man with the withered arm.' It is as if the ghastly illustrated old man is challenging the narrator into challenging his own fear. ...read more.


The man with the withered arm again repeats 'It's your own choosing' for the final time as the narrator exits and is about to enter a new scene in which his fear and bravery is to be tested and questioned, and in which the climax of the narrative is to begin. The tension seems to rise as the narrator becomes more alert of his surroundings, 'I came to the landing and stopped there for a moment, listening to a rustling that I fancied I heard'. Before the narrator 'opened the door of the red room', he stood before it reflecting on his procedures death that give him 'a sudden twinge of apprehension' and trying to gather himself to undertake the task of spending the night in the haunted room. He entered the 'great red room of Lorraine Castle' 'making a systematic examination of the place at once.' This portrays the fear that has built up inside him, by checking each article of the room. After lighting the fire he still finds the room dark and feels uncomfortable with 'the echoing of the stair and crackling of the fire'. This shows just how agitated he is and then he himself admits how nervous he is in the following quote, 'I was in a state of considerable nervous tension'. Just in case something was to happen, as he now felt that the old people may have a case of the red room terrorizing its inhabitants ...read more.


'The worst of all things that haunt poor mortal man,' said I; 'and that is, in all it's nakedness-Fear! Fear that will not have light nor sound, that will not bear with reason, that deafens and darkens and overwhelms.' H G Wells then leaves us his final message through the man with the shade, who in the beginning was described as being the most grotesque looking. He talks about 'a power of darkness', 'You can feel it even in the daytime, even on a bright summer's day, in the hangings, in the curtains, keeping behind you however you face about. In the dusk it creeps along the corridor and follows you, so that you dare not turn.' H G Wells uses the main character in the narrative, the narrator, along with the three old people to express his means of fear. The experience of fear slowly and gradually builds up in the narrator and the reader by concealing the form of fear until the very end, leaving the reader, and the old inhabitants, in a state of shock as they were made to believe in the very beginning that it was ghosts that haunted 'the great red room of Lorraine Castle'. Therefore it is an effective ending that would leave the reader in a state of fear from the final message left behind about the fear darkness that no one can escape from unless they are brave enough to fight against it. YASIR SHAH ENGLISH - GCSE COURSEWORK ...read more.

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