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In both of these ghost stories, the narrator goes into a big, old building. With this as a starting point, show how both the authors evolve their stories in different ways, to get different effects.

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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK BY POLLY STANNARD ~ ~ ~ In both of these ghost stories, the narrator goes into a big, old building. With this as a starting point, show how both the authors evolve their stories in different ways, to get different effects. ~ ~ ~ In H.G. Wells' story, the big, old building that the character enters is Lorraine Castle, and it is a building which is stereotypical of 19th century ghost stories. H.G. Wells' story appeared in 1896, when 'Gothic' ghost literature was often made, and this story sticks to the structure they had. The setting the storyteller uses adds to the affect of 'spine tingling' it should have as one of those ghost stories. Lorraine Castle is empty, echoing and deathly silent because the people who owned it, a Duke and a Duchess, have left 18 months ago after many bad spiritual things happened there. For example, the murder of one of them in this bedroom that has been nicknamed the 'Red Room.' The storyteller describes Lorraine Castle as 'chilly' with 'cowering shadows,' and dark, heavy furnishings such as 'a porcelain Chinaman on a Buhl table' and 'a chintz chair.' ...read more.


From the opening lines of H.G. Wells' story, the reader does not like this character because he is so self-centred, but by the time the story closes they may feel sympathetic to him because of what happens to him When he is in the 'Red Room,' he is slowly frightened by its feeling and by the 'shifting penumbra' of the candles he has. The character speedily finds he was wrong not to be fearful, because the candles wink out one by one. In the times of this story, he would have needed the candles because they had no electricity to shield off the night. The man says 'This won't do!' and 'What's up?' He is fast and furious as he tries to keep them on, but his enemy wins. Then he thinks of the fire, it 'staved off the shadows from me,' but this blinks out too, 'like the shutting of an eye.' He tries to exit the 'Red Room,' but knocks himself out. This character was nasty, and because one will have disliked him, one might not identify with him as much and the H.G. ...read more.


She cannot move any further, and she stumbles back 'soaked in sweat,' and is soon asleep. So she even sympathises with the ghost who haunts her 'Cedar bedroom', and because she was nice and likeable, one would empathise and identify with her more and so the story may have a greater effect. Though H.G. Wells creates his suspense with the 'Gothic' ghost story idea up to a climax in the 'Red Room,' Susan Hill uses hints and strange happenings to create her suspense. For example, Mrs. Flower has got to the home, and says 'I was shrouded by a sense of melancholy,' but 'maybe I had caught a cold.' In the first story, suspense grows and grows, but in the second story the author creates suspense, takes it away and shrinks it and then lets it out again, up to the story's finish. I think it is ironic that H.G. Wells' story, which seems to be a true ghost story, has no ghost in, whereas Susan Hill's story, which seems to be a false ghost story with no ghost, does have one in. Therefore, though they both have a twist and a turn in them, I prefer the one by H.G. Wells. ...read more.

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