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show how H.G Wells builds tension in The Red Room

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H.G Wells-"The Red Room" Show how the Author Creates and builds tension in this ghost story H.G Wells is a typical pre 19th century gothic style writer who uses stereotypical horror scenes & props to create fear and mystery. The author used many different senses, sights and feelings in his stories such as using the dark to personify an atmosphere or use a variety of furniture to create light and shadows. Also the writer includes a depth of thought out and realistic characters to give the story a more realistic and appealing horror plot. In this assignment I will be exploring the many ways in which H.G Wells creates tension and how he uses this mystery to draw the reader into the many frightful in-depth catacombs of "the Red Room". These catacombs create a blind spot of fear within the reader's subconscious this "black fear" as it is referred to in the story line. I will start with the title "The Red Room". At first glance the word red taken into to context would you presume to mean a room of a deep passionate red innocent and astute? However through-out history red has been used to personify blood shed and as a symbolism of evil that goes hand in hand with the black of darkness. Even such sinful things as brothels have a strong connection with the colour red after the deep passionate source of mans weaknesses adultery & murder something you could call to be evil? ...read more.


These could be as old as time it self. This labeling plays with the readers thoughts and opens up new doors in their mind like an ever increasing bubble of tension steadily being blown up until the right pin comes along to burst the dream bubble. The thing about the word custodian it brings an mage of an old person who has spent there whole waste of a life looking after a place, relic a secret...this adds to the mystery of where they are who were these people. Of course he must have some respect for there experience and what they have seen over all those years they have cared for this place that is why I am sure he would be un nerved when the old people would not accompany him to the red room: "If you go to the red room tonight-...you go alone" This would be viewed as a very worrying thing for the man and would surely add toe the fear he would be starting to suffer from even without the mention of ghosts and ghouls this is a very clever trick used by the writer all through the story ensuring the tension and fear does not sky rocket to early but that is rises gradually though out. The first description of his journey is of a venture through a: "Long, draughty subterranean passage" When you think of a long passage it gives the mind insecurity and mystery. ...read more.


He can turn back now of course and he would survive or he can shut the door and... This is as if he is alone now like he is in space and no one can help him no one can hear him scream. But it also signifies the remnants of what clear thought he has left and the bravery of his actions he still knows what he must do... Of this gives H.G Wells scope to carry on and keep building the tension to a climax, here some characters might have faultered and bailed but not this young confident man the perfect character for the scence. But H.G Wells still manages to leave this underlying dark tension by now the dark seems to be staring back at him like it has all through out his journey. Also H.G wells also managed to incorporate a lot of things you see in normal horror stories. This gives the whole story a sort of traditional feeling and this almost gives the reader that some horrible deed will be performed or an unmentionable creature will appear. This is what gives the ending tension by playing on all of the most basic human fears and toying with all the senses, It gives you a more whole and three dimensional feel and helps to put the hair back of your neck stand on end. But the most basic of all fears the feeling of darkness it what gives this whole story such a claustrophobic and fear ridden atmosphere. ...read more.

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