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

pre-1914 prose study

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Pre-1914 Prose Study Stories from the Gothic Tradition I am going to write about three stories with a gothic genre. The first story is called "The Red Room". "The Red Room" by H.G Wells is about a man who doesn't believe in supernatural beings and is about to spend a night in the most haunted castle. Charles Dickens wrote the second story called, "Confession Found in a Prison". It was about a man who killed his nephew because the young boy reminded him of the boy's mother, who never trusted him, he couldn't cope with the boys anymore and so he decided to murder him. The final story, "The Superstitious Man's Story" was written by Thomas Hardy and it is about a man who is thought to be dead, however, everybody keeps seeing him around the village and it is almost as if he is in two places at once. Gothic stories are stories that include elements like blood, murder and other scary elements. It is also a story that includes superstitions and supernatural beings. Gothic stories were extremely popular in the Victorian era because the Industrial Revolution was changing, therefore, everybody wanted to escape from all the reality of the world they lived in, this is called escapism. Another explanation is because of Charles Darwin's theory. Charles questioned the religious explanation of the creation of human life by coming up with a theory of evolution where each animal evolves from another. Not only did the people want to escape from the possibility that their belief in the incredibility of God's powers might be ...read more.

Middle

The final technique used in "The red Room" is the setting; the setting of this story is typically gothic because it is set at night in a haunted castle which has history of murders that have taken place in the castle. The example from the story that I have chosen is, "large shadowy room, with its shadowy window bays, its recesses and alcoves, one could well understand the legends that had sprouted in its black corners, its germinating darkness". This typically gothic setting makes it a scary atmosphere, it shows the darkness of the castle at night and it increases the fear that the character has and so it therefore makes the reader more attracted to the room and the story making them want to read on. This quote causes imagery because it helps the reader imagine the scene and what the room would look and feel like so it makes the reader feel apprehensive. The gothic elements used in "Confession Found in a Prison" are death, murder, blood and the man was alone in a dungeon while he was writing before his death, which is a typical gothic setting. One of the techniques used in "Confession Found in a Prison" is a metaphor; the example used is, "his mother's ghost looking from his eyes". This metaphor is used to describe the way the man felt about the boy's mother and even though she was dead, he could still see the boy's mother and he didn't like it. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "Confession Found in a Prison", Charles Dickens uses similes and metaphors to emphasise the man's feelings, he used personification to describe his feelings of guilt and regret when he says that the wind that passes whispers murder to him. He also uses an effective setting when he describes the dungeon that the character is present in when he was writing the story. In Thomas Hardy's "A Superstitious Man's Story", Hardy uses just a simile to prove to the reader that there is a possibility that the man might not have been there because there was no sign that the man was there. In my opinion, I found "The red Room" the most effective story because the techniques used such as the similes and metaphors really helped me imagine the picture and the scene the story was describing. Also it used many other techniques like the setting described and personification that made me feel suspense and exhilaration whilst reading the story. It also had the best storyline because it had a secret history of murders and deaths that were not exposed; they were just hinted when the old people were warning him of the red room and its effects it has on people. It also has two sides to the story; it has a supernatural side because of the history and noises and shadows that couldn't be explained. The second side is the realistic side when he gets out of the castle and he realises that it wasn't ghosts or spirits in the room that were making him uncomfortable but it was just his mind playing tricks on him. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. With Close references to the texts you have been studying, explore how the authors ...

    New beliefs started emerging because of science development which lead to the growth in spiritualism. Spiritualism is the belief that the soul of the dead can communicate with the living. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became interested in spiritualism for the first time in 1881.

  2. Explore the ways in which Thomas Hardy uses setting to help portray Tess feelings.

    the sun's presence whilst Tess' baby is alive and in its absence Sorrow is dead. Furthermore, Hardy's feelings about Tess burying Sorrow in the darkness can be inferred to be against it. Hardy feels that Tess and her baby had done nothing wrong, and for Tess to have been told

  1. Revenge- A fictional story

    Alexis arrived at Grimond Hall and picked the lock with ease. Ian soon followed him into the house. Beth had reached the car park just in time to see a girl being carried out of the back of car and into an ambulance.

  2. A FRACTURE IN FICTION

    SOPHIE NEVEU Sarah. Teabing looks at Robert suspiciously. LEIGH TEABING Robert I find it interesting that you tell me this woman is a grail virgin, and yet she has finished all of my sentences for the past half hour. ROBERT LANGDON Yes, it's interesting. Sophie looks at Robert, amazed.

  1. Pre 1914 prose - comparative literature essay

    - They suspected! - They KNEW!" Poe manages to create suspense by making the reader feel afraid, not just of what is about to happen, but also of the narrator as he shows his madness. This is very different from "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" as the narrator is sane and therefore not unexpectedly exited as Poe's narrator is.

  2. the educational theory of Professor Higgins and Governor Phillip

    Tench, on the other hand, thinks that the convicts 'laugh at hangings' and it is 'their favourite form of entertainment'. Phillip wishes to be humane and considers lashing as an alternative, but because the punishment is 'unobserved', Collins deems it useless for it 'will not serve as a sharp example': that is, it will not deter the other convicts.

  1. IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS BY TANIZAKI JUNICHIRO

    Until 1923 Tanazaki led totally Western-style life. He dressed in flashy clothes, he never took his shoes off all day long, dancing became his main hobby. At that time he was about to move to Europe. His whole life was changed by September 1st 1923, when the Great Earthquake occurred.

  2. Billy Prior-Character Study

    * Billy begins to show his feelings on page 120 as he starts to open up a little more about his experiences. * "I wasn't wearing the badge because I was with a girl" Pg.95 This shows how Prior is embarrassed about staying at Craiglockhart and shows his caring side.

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