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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

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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.

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