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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


'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.


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.

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. Comparing Two Horror Short Stories - 'The Monkey's Paw' written by W. W. Jacobs ...

    Both the authors wrote these stories to frighten the reader, but in a very different way. In this essay I am going to compare 'The Monkey's Paw' by W. W. Jacobs with 'The Red Room' by H .G. Wells examining how the authors create suspense in the stories.

  2. How does H.G.Wells develop atmosphere and suspense in the opening section of The Red ...

    He walks into the shadows with a candle to reassure himself and this then relives the reader and releases tension as there is nothing "tangible" there, meaning nothing that he could see or touch. In paragraph 3 the protagonist starts to sing to himself.

  1. Comparing "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room" In this essay, I am going ...

    The intensive imagery that the narrator creates makes us believe as if we were in that room, so we get scared and our suspense levels are extremely high. In both stories, we can spot a similarity at the beginning. They both start with a first sentence that grabs readers attention

  2. Compare the ways that H G Wells and WW Jacobs create tension in the ...

    The dialogue used also builds up tension and suspense: 'As I wished, it twisted in my hand like a snake' 'Well, I don't see the money,' said his wife From this we can see that by having a section in dialogue, it heightens the tension at that point and quickens the pace of the story.

  1. Comparison of 'The Monkeys Paw' by W.W.Jacobs and 'The Red Room' by H G ...

    The three characters are servants for the absent owners of the castle. They live in the castle to keep it safe. The narrator is in the castle having a drink with the servants, he is telling the servants that he does not believe in ghosts and that he has never

  2. How tension Is built Up in short stories

    This is evident especially in 'The Red Room.' The protagonist in this short story, when inside the red room, experiences unsettling happenings which lead to thoughtless behaviour. 'I had forgotten the exact position of the door, and struck myself against the corner of the bed.'

  1. The Red Room by H.G.Wells - How Does H.G.Wells build up an atmosphere of ...

    It shows that Wells is making it clear these are not friendly people who will help the young man throughout his stay in the red room and the old are meant to make you feel uncomfortable as they make the main character uncomfortable when he is in their company.

  2. Compare How Wells and Jacobs created tension and mystery in 'The Red Room' and ...

    She said "This night of all nights". The characters create tension, as you are never fully aware of what they are talking about. Both lines make the story more mysterious. In 'The Monkey's Paw', the Sergeant major gives warning by saying "but I warn you of the consequences".

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