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

How tension is created in Dracula by BramStoker, The Kit bag by Algernon Blackwood, and The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How tension is created in Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Kit bag by Algernon Blackwood, and The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs We have examined how various methods of constructing tension are applied within each extract. Atmosphere and setting have the most effect on creating fear although the choice of storyteller and the holding back of information also subtly adds uneasiness in the reader. Another important factor is the description of characters and their actions. In each of these stories isolation and darkness are key factors. In Dracula Jonathan Harker is not only isolated from civilisation but also within the castle since there are so many doors but they are all 'locked and bolted'. From the day Harker arrives in the 'gloom' he begins to live a nocturnal life, he wakes 'late in the day' and goes to bed as 'warm grey of quickening sky' appears. The reader is made to visualise a dark force changing Harker's character and lifestyle without being given any specific detail. ...read more.

Middle

Vaults are for storing valuables in but here Johnson is inside the vault and is trapped, with no sign of life apart from the mysterious sounds of an unknown being. The Monkeys Paw, does not really create a typical gothic atmosphere because even thought they live far out there are three people and inside the house has a 'brightly' burning fire. Setting is aided by the description of characters, we have a very detailed description of Dracula and of his behaviour. The Count's first appearance is an original gothic image, all 'clad in black from head to foot without a speck of colour'. He had a natural pale face, which has a dead-like semblance. Harker picks up on Dracula's abnormality but chooses to ignore many of the signs, as he is impressed with the kind hospitality offered by the Count. One of the most tense scenes between Dracula and Harker is when he recoils with 'horrible feeling of nausea' as he smells blood on Dracula's breath. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion I think that Dracula is best at creating tension due to its detailed descriptions, and because we only see one point of view so we never know what Dracula is thinking. This has an air of mystery as it leaves many questions unanswered until the very end. Then everything begins to unravel and we realise there are no servants, and the coach man was in fact Dracula himself. The Kit bag is very psychological and we never find out what made the bag move, whether it was all a dream or if it was real. There are many anticlimaxes during the piece of writing as well as having a lot of peak points of tension, this captures the readers attention throughout the writing. The Monkeys Paw is not very good at mounting tension because it lacked serious detail and we can relate the accidents as coincidences. With Dracula and the Kit bag there is some realism about the stories and what is unbelievable like the existence of ghosts or vampires is still unknown to us today. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    How does Bram stoker manipulate audience response to Jonathan Harker and Dracula in his ...

    5 star(s)

    good character, also maybe hinting the audience that he will do whatever it takes to get rid of Dracula. The last note made by Jonathan is 7 years on, But Bram Stoker is still portraying Jonathan as a good person and, "well worth the pain we endured."

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Dracula adapted by David Calcutt from the novel by Bram Stoker.

    4 star(s)

    This is a good plot twist as Holmwood has to swallow all his love for Lucy to stop all of the killings and save other children from being harmed. In scene six to emphasise horror Dracula begins the process of seducing Mina so he can share his world with her, like a wife.

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

    isn't a small power indeed as no human can do this, which ultimately confirms just how inhuman Dracula is. The convention of the journal will be looked at next. Mina's journal has a lot to reveal about Dracula and her encounter with him.

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

    Arata argues that "Dracula represents the nobleman as warrior. His activities after death carry on his activities in life; in both cases he has successfully engaged in forms of conquest and denomination ... Racial conquest and denomination" (p. 123). Stoker stays within Western ideology of seeing conflict in the East in terms of racial conflict.

  1. Study the extract from Jonathan Harker's Journal in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. How does the ...

    This portrays strong emotions, as the reader visualises himself in that situation. We now come to the first descriptions of Dracula. He is 'clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere. This is symbolic of the blackness of his soul.

  2. Explain in detail the classic story of Dracula by Bram Stoker.

    He can turn into a bat so that he can fly through people's windows, he can also turn into small rodent animals and in the novel it mentions that Dracula can turn into a large dog or wolf. Jonathan Harker This man's role in the novel is mostly at the

  1. Look closely at Jonathan Harker’s journey to Dracula’s Castle. How does the director give ...

    Mina speaks directly after Dracula and the director may have to chosen to do this to show a possible link between them, the scene becomes brighter, suggesting safety but the orange sky is still present suggesting Dracula is still there watching Jonathan the whole time.

  2. Sexuality in Bram Stocker's Dracula Most critics agree that Dracula is, as much as ...

    Helsing's crew to the count, Mina is far from a New Woman herself. Rather, she is a dutiful wife and mother, and her successes are always in the service of men. The ideal woman at this time was not the meek, passive creature of societies ideal.

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