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I am aiming to look at the differences and similarities of two writer's methods of creating tension in their stories. The two stories I am looking at are 'A Vendetta' by Guy de Maupassant and 'The Red Room' by H. G. Wells.

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I am aiming to look at the differences and similarities of two writer's methods of creating tension in their stories. The two stories I am looking at are 'A Vendetta' by Guy de Maupassant and 'The Red Room' by H. G. Wells. After I have discussed these two stories I will draw a conclusion to show what I have found. 'A Vendetta' is about a woman's struggle to avenge the death of her son. The writer of this story uses lots of sounds in his efforts to create tension, such as 'howling', 'moan' and 'cried'. These words create tension because they make people think of pain or fear and makes them worry about what will happen next. Guy de Maupassant changes his sentence structure throughout the story. Longer sentences, such as 'whenever the dog saw the dummy, she immediately quivered all over, and looked towards her mistress, who cried in a shrill voice: 'At him!' create tension because the reader is kept in suspense as they don't find out what is happening until the end of the sentence. ...read more.


This creates tension because it makes the woman seem like a victim and vulnerable, therefore creating an uncomfortable and uneasy atmosphere. Now I have discussed Guy de Maupassant's techniques for creating tension I will compare them with those used by H. G. Wells in 'The Red Room. One technique that H. G. Wells and Guy de Maupassant share is the use of sounds. They even use similar words for example 'The Red Room' uses cried, scratching and coughing. These sounds create a feeling of pain, fear and illness which all create tension. Another similarity between the two writer's techniques for creating tension is their use of different lengths of sentences. H. G. Wells uses longer sentences such as 'the man with the withered arm gave this newcomer a short glance of positive dislike; the old woman took no notice of his arrival, but remained with her eyes fixed steadily on the fire' and shorter sentences, for example 'he corrected me on one particular. These changes in sentence structure create the same atmosphere of tension as they do in 'A Vendetta'. ...read more.


This creates tension because you feel uneasy and wonder if their illnesses have something to do with the house and the ghost. 'The Red Room' uses a technique that is different from 'A Vendetta'. H. G. Wells uses the setting to create tension. He has set the story in an old castle, with echoing passages, creaking doors and dark corners. Stereotypically castles are thought to be haunted or at least scary. This crates tension because as the reader thinks they know what will happen next, they feel more involved which makes them feel more tense and uncomfortable. From studying both stories I think Guy de Maupassant and H. G. Wells have very similar techniques for creating tension but they both use the techniques to fit their story. For example, in 'A Vendetta' colours that are associated with evil were used but in 'The Red Room' colours associated with death and disease. So although they used the technique they managed to interpret it into their own style. Although they have very similar techniques, over all I think Guy de Maupassant relies more on suspense and behaviour when creating tension, whereas H. G. Wells uses more stereotypes and imagery than Guy de Maupassant. Lisa Andersen 10EJH ...read more.

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