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Outline how H.G.Wells and W.W.Jacobs builds an atmosphere of tension, fear and suspense.

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NAME- PRATEEK BHANDARI CLASS- 11C GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK Outline how H.G.Wells and W.W.Jacobs builds an atmosphere of tension, fear and suspense. Tension means 'the state or degree of being tense' and suspense means 'a state of anxious uncertainty.' This shows that when we are suspicious, we are likely to be tense and when we are tense we feel fearful of what is going to happen next. Therefore all the three are words are related. 'The Red Room' by H.G.Wells and 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W.Jacobs have mysterious titles. The word 'Red' in 'The Red Room' symbolises danger or blood whereas the word 'monkey's paw' gives us an idea of the story being something related black magic or exoticness. Both the writers build an atmosphere of tension, fear and suspense throughout in many ways. Short story writers, especially mystery and horror, have to keep the attention of their readers throughout. In most of these texts, readers would have noticed, writers building in more tension to make the story more interesting. ...read more.

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'The Red Room' is located in an old castle in an isolated area, 'the great red room of Lorraine Castle.' Castles are known to be terrifying because they have large corridors, passages, rooms and halls which automatically give a menacing appearance to the readers. 'The echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase, and a shadow came sweeping up after me, and one fled before me into the darkness overhead,' in this quote the shadows are used as a fear feature of darkness and the lot unknown. Similarly W.W.Jacobs symbolises fear through the location. The house in which the family lives is in an isolated area, 'That's the worst of living so far out.' The author also makes a fearful environment with the help of weather adjectives such as 'cold,' 'wet,' and 'winds' to signify the environment created by fear. One thing which both the authors have used very commonly is words such as 'shadows,' 'candles,' and 'silence' since they are significant in horror stories. ...read more.

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This is because we do not know which of the two view points will be true. The last feature that affects the atmosphere of the story is, in which person they are written in. 'The Red Room' is in first person which follows the story very closely whereas 'The Monkey's Paw' is in the third person where we get to know different view points and reactions of various characters. The affect of first person stories on the readers is that the tension and suspense is constant, they hardly fall down. Whereas in third person stories, the amount of suspense keeps on increasing and decreasing, this makes it sound more thrilling. In summary, the stories have constant building of tension and suspense which we are always unaware of but that is where we get the most attracted to the scripts. The environments are again also very unpredictable; every moment in the room is a new experience for H.G.Wells, for example. In my opinion, endings in both the stories are very contras tic since 'The Red Room' has a positive ending whereas; 'The Monkey's Paw' does not. TOTAL WORDS- 985 ...read more.

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