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Short Story Essay Introduction I am going to be going through two short stories and then writing a short conclusion at the end comparing the two stories showing the differences. The two stories are the "landlady" and "the speckled band" they are both murder stories, murder stories are so popular these days because I think that people get gripped and addicted to the stories as they read on. My favourite murder story is probably Jonathan Creek because the story lines are so good. The features of a traditional murder story are the characters in it like the pretty woman (next on the murder list), the detective and the murderer. Someone reading a murder story tends to expect that the murder is a mystery and a detective has to try and find the murderer. This part of the essay I'm going to be writing about the short story the landlady so all my answers refer to the landlady in less it is stated. The landlady is about a landlady who kills her visitors you have to work out if he dies or not but we assume he does, we are given hits and clues not explanations telling us Billy weaver has died. The story is written in 1959 and it affects the style because of the amount of technology. ...read more.


The Bed and Breakfast being run down and unpleasant brings tension to the story since it make it spooky and mysterious. This quote backs up this idea "There were no shops on this wide street that he was walking alone, only a line of tall houses on each side, all of them identical". However the B&B inside seems pleasant and extremely welcoming to make Billy seem at home and make him feel he's unthreatened. The suspense is created by the way that only a few people had stayed in the B&B and Billy had thought that the same men had gone missing. The story ends opened which means that the story has unanswered questions, the landlady has lots of unanswered questions like "Will Billy die?" and "How did the two men die?" I would prefer the story if I know the ending as it gets me curious and keeps me wondering for couple of days. So I think the story would be better if I knew the ending as it satisfies our curiosity. There is a lot of informal talking, as the landlady and Billy don't really know each other that well and they want to make a good first impression. Part Two The Speckled Band The Speckled Band is about someone trying to kill his relatives to get lots of money. ...read more.


The endings were different in the aspects that one was open which was the Landlady, and one was closed which was the Speckled Band. The Landlady practically leaves it up to you to work out. Does Billy die? What ever happened to the two other men who had stayed two years ago? Will the Landlady ever be arrested? Personally I would prefer it if the story was closed like the Speckled Band so you can just read and find out what happens in the end, as I think that's what murder stories are about, and that's what keeps you reading, to find out what happens in the end. The detective role is another point to compare as the Landlady hasn't got a detective and the Speckled Band has Sherlock Holmes as the detective. Again I have to be on the Speckled Bands side given that having a detective closes the story as you find out what happens when the detective finds out the murderer depending on his success. Not having a detective leaves you solving the case and ends the story your self, and I don't think that's right. So overall I preferred to read the Speckled Band, as it is more enjoyable to read for me. So if I was going to pick between the two it would be the Speckled Band and if I had to choose another murder story I would pick one with a detective and with a closed ending. ...read more.

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