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Tension and Suspense in War of the Worlds by H G Wells.

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Introduction

The novel is set in Woking, London, this brings a sense of reality to the reader as they can imagine it, and this is enhanced by the use of specific road names. The story kicks off on Horsell Common where the first capsule lands, all of the locals treat it as almost a festival, dancing, having picnics etc. Everyone is happy and doesn't think that the Martians will be hostile. When it emerges from the capsule the Martian kills all of the people on Horsell Common. Once this happens and people here the army is being sent in they feel happy that they are safe. ...read more.

Middle

The narrator is left alone, trying to escape from the Martians. H G Wells uses a range of effects to achieve dramatic tension. His first technique, which I thought was quite effective, is that he puts the characters in a 'dark, enclosed space'. This brings tension into the chapter by making the reader feel anxious and concerned for the welfare of the characters. The action of the Curate leads to conflict between the two characters, the Curate 'standing up arms outstretched...shouting' leads to the Narrator trying to silence him - he fails. He then chases the Curate and murders him. This indicates how desperate he was to save himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Towards the end of the chapter, a rhetorical question is used 'silence, had it gone?' This leaves the chapter on a cliffhanger. The constant tension throughout the chapter supports an overall feeling of suspense. Knowing that the Martians are outside the building is a 'constant unseen threat' to life of the curate and narrator. Overall this key chapter is very compelling with lush descriptions and the violent death of the Curate. The whole chapter is summed up extremely well and adds to the overall effect of tension and suspense throughout the book. I think that his most effective technique was the use of sounds, this really enhanced my understanding of how he wanted the story to be told. I wouldn't think twice about buying another novel by H.G.Wells. Jack Grimsdell 10ER Page 1 02/05/2007 ...read more.

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