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The Importance Of Place In "The Red Room".

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The Importance Of Place In "The Red Room" By L�ra Mathis 11CLC The Importance Of Place In "The Red Room" When creating any type of writing, whether it be fiction, thriller, romance, or comedy, the subject of place is always introduced. Will it be a great distance away? Will it be romantic? Or is this case, will it be daunting? For many people, the scene of a creepy setting is quite familiar and the stereotypical version of this is used very frequently. Take your standard horror movie for instance; Scream, Freddy, I Know What You Did Last Summer, they all use the same 'average day' scenery to make it appear as if could happen to anyone at anytime. Then, in the need for tension and anticipation, directors use a vulnerable effect in that a victim cannot escape. In the opening scene of Scream, the girl is trapped inside her own house, with the presumption that the killer is inside too. With the killer taking up her only form of communication; the phone, she begins to panic for she now comprehends that the killer can see her every move. Or take a classic old time thriller like The Last House On The Left, the significance of the orthodox setting is inevitably the main supernatural element. Notice how on opening scenes, the matter of isolation and abandonment is used, to make the point apparent that you are alone with no source of help for miles. ...read more.


It is kept short and striking for anticipation purposes and because of this the effect is carried off efficiently. The reader immediately undergoes apprehension because by keeping the suspense trailing on for longer, it builds up the reader's need to discover the room. Then, as the character enters the room, one would presume the climax would have come to an end, yet the suspense is still being held, right through the whole paragraph. It is here that the location of the story is introduced, the location is critical to the short story. The story is set in a castle. A ghost story in a castle is not a new idea and although it is a rather unoriginal location, it is very appropriate. The old people who inhabit the place cannot use most of it to live in because they are afraid of the 'red room'. This keeps them well away from that section of the castle. A castle is such an appropriate location and here what we do not know is far more frightening than what we do know. A castle is a perfect example of what we do not know! It is full of rooms, corridors and stairs. As the story continues, the young man explores the castle on his journey to the red room. ...read more.


For the supernatural fear, is fear itself. The idea that someone or something is inside was brought up by the narrator himself, as a figure of his imagination, a constant worry and paranoia. Because is real life, or real people, the idea of being scared, is frightening enough, without having to test oneself in an inexplicable and unexplained room. I believe that the room was harmless, and with the assistance of a ghostly appearance and a tiny idea set to uncoil in his mind, the quest for tension is rewarded. The writer needs to give his story a carefully considered and appropriate backdrop. A short story works through its location, characters, and setting in time and language. These are the ingredients that tie it together and make the mixture complete. In this story however, I feel the setting is insignificant. I feel that it is not necessarily the setting and the scenery that captivates a mood of fearfulness, because as we have now encountered, the background, the room, wasn't scary. It's the idea that something is there, an expectation that creates a constant uneasiness. Because all you have to do is imagine what could happen and your mind begins to play tricks on you. Because everyone creates a picture of horror in their mind as an expectation and because its fear we fear most of all... ...read more.

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