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

In 'The Darkness out There' and 'The Red Room' the can easily deceived by the appearance of some of the characters. Compare the two stories, showing how the author presents their characters

Extracts from this document...


In 'The Darkness out There' and 'The Red Room' the can easily deceived by the appearance of some of the characters. Compare the two stories, showing how the author presents their characters. When you read the title 'The Darkness Out There' you immediately think it is a horror story. However the beginning of the story makes you change your mind because of the pleasant vocabulary and descriptions. "Flowers", "ox-eyed daisies." This makes you think that it is not a horror story. When you start reading 'The Red Room' you have a feeling that it is going to be about a room. It starts of with evil thoughts. "Ghost", "withered." This makes you think that it is a proper horror story. The way that the old folks are described in the two stories is different. In 'The Darkness Out There' the old people are described pleasantly. "Dear old thing", " old popets", " Ever so grateful." This gives me an impression that they are friendly, kind and loving people. ...read more.


"He was hurt pretty badly." The person in the plane who was still alive was mumbling to himself. Mrs.Rutter and her sister didn't get help because 'it was raining cats and dogs.' Kerry was really surprised and he couldn't believe it. That Mrs.Rutter and her sister just left a human being in a plane with a serious injury to die. "Next morning." This shows that he was still there alive. She shows no regret or sympathy. However in 'The Red Room' the suspense builds up rapidly. When the narrator lit all the candles and he was pleased that there was no ghost but unexpectedly one of the candles goes out. "The candle in the alcove suddenly went out." He rushes to light it again. Doing this more candles go out. He thinks he feels something on the wall. "Something seemed to blink on the wall before me." This makes you feel that there is a ghost in the room or something else. He starts to talk to himself. " 'This won't do!' I said" This shows that he is nervous. He is panicking. ...read more.


Also the author uses lots of long sentences. He uses a lot of commas we would say one, two, three, but they say it a different way. "Once, twice, thrice." Their numbers are totally different from the modern day. Instead of saying 'I said' they say it the other way "Said I." This shows how the language has developed over a long period of time. Over all I think the message in 'The Darkness Out There' is that there is evil in people inside but they don't show it from the outside. Appearance can be and are often deceptive. For example Mrs.Rutter. At the beginning she was described as a nice old lady. As the story goes on we find out that she isn't nice at all. The message in 'The Red Room' is essentially the same as 'The Darkness Out There.' But the author has described the old people as a bunch of evil people. At the end of the story the same old people are helping the man. Fear and horror are found in people not in spooky castles and houses. This shows that appearances are very deceptive. Hari-Om Nimavat 10CCK ...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 H.G. Wells 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 H.G. Wells essays

  1. Choose three characters from different stories. Compare their experiences.

    Whereas, in "The Ostler" Isaac is affected by Rebecca in the form of a ghost. Also in C.I.N.P we never actually know that the "evil eye" causes him to commit the murder, we just assume it. Another comparison is between The Ostler and C.I.N.P., is that both include dreams.

  2. Compare The Ostler and The Darkness Out There

    with ugly sounding names - "ox-eye daisies and vetch and cow parsley,". Also the weather, while again seeming pleasant, is actually too hot. Sandra's head feels like a "dry burning cap", and she has sunburn. When Mrs Rutter is described for the first time, her face is described as "a creamy smiling pool...in which her eyes snapped and darted".

  1. Compare and contrast 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and 'The Red Room' ...

    There was silence in the room. Then after the silence she continued the story. She went back the next day to where the plane was, to see if the man was dead or not. But when she got there she saw that he was still alive.'

  2. Compare how the writers build up atmosphere in the 'Red Room' by H.G Wells ...

    The gothic novel emphasised mystery and horror and was filled with ghosts, haunted rooms, underground passages and spiral stairways. This is why I think 'The Red Room' is more of a gothic story than ' The Darkness Out There.' In the 'Darkness Out There', both time and place are very important.

  1. The Red Room - Show how the author created and builds the tension in ...

    'The great Red Room of Lorraine Castle, in which the young Duke had died.' The stories brought up, again have an effect on both the reader and the young man in the story. For the reader it reinforces the feeling that the man is doomed and for the young man

  2. Compare and contrast "The Darkness out There" with "The Red Room" taking note of, ...

    "Pat had a funny eye, a squint, so that her glance swerved away from you as she talked. And a big chest jutting under washed out jerseys. Are people who help other people always not very nice looking." (Lines 9-11)

  1. Red Room and the Darkness out There

    We gain knowledge about her character when she helps out and old lady called Mrs Rutter with household chores; Sandra does all this because she and other children are enrolled in a club called the good neighbours club. There is another person who is with Sandra with her to help

  2. Coursework the darkness out there- the red room

    In the Darkness the writer starts with a warm comfortable beginning, and occasionally introduces facts that will introduces Fear, but mainly helps us to understand the story and suddenly inflict fear on the main characters towards the end of the story.

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