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The Monkeys Paw" by WW Jacob"The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Ryan Burns 13/04/05 "The Monkeys Paw" by WW Jacob "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Both of these stories have similar characteristics. They are memorable and well described. They are both original. Also locations are very isolated and mysterious. Each one keeps our interest up to the final twist. But there are some differences. The first and most clear is their genre. "The Monkey's Paw" is a horror type story, whereas "The Speckled Band" is a detective story. Other differences are the amount of locations within the story. "The Speckled Band" is set in many different locations some being the office and the Roylett house. On the other hand "The Monkey's Paw" is only set in the family home. "The Monkey's Paw" opens in a dark and gloomy setting. It becomes more mysterious when Mr. White bears a guilty grin, which makes us wonder what is going to happen. The mystery continues further when the Sergeant Major arrives and talks of wild scenes from distant parts, as he has served in the army in India for a long time and has picked up as strange talisman, which has been mummified called the monkeys paw. ...read more.

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White introduces the idea to wish their son back to life with a second wish and she says, "We had the first wish granted. Why not the second?" Again added tension on what will happen, after reasoning with her. They make a wish to have their son back. Straight after they make the wish they hear three loud knocks at the door. Now the writer has made a massive amount of suspense enough so the reader wont put the book down as they want to know ho or what is at the door. Mrs. White runs to the door wanting to open the door to her son whereas Mr. White tries to stop her, as he knows what his son will look like. The two situations are now racing against each other one being Mr. White searching for the talisman and the other Mrs. White trying to open the door. The writer has made a lot of tension again. Eventually Mr. White wishes his son dead again just as the door is unlocked. So in all he has saved his wife from a terrible undead person so the writer has suddenly stopped the suspense and tension and replaced it with relief. ...read more.

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This explains why her sister died when she did before her marriage and Helen could be killed as she is engaged. Also while Homes was in the house he noticed a Bell rope that didn't work and a ventilator into the next room instead of outside in her sisters room. A saucer of milk and an iron safe in Dr. Roylett's room. The writer is slowly unveiling the mystery so the reader wants to read on, another clever key point. Homes then decides that he will spend the night in the sisters room and wait for what was meant for Helen. More tension is added when Homes whispers to Watson "don't fall asleep, your life may depend on it." Eventually the tension is broken when Homes is beating a snake with his cane on the bell rope and a loud cry is heard from the Doctors room. The writer brings in a sense of relief when we find Roylett is dead and the snake is back in the iron safe the story is enjoyable as all the clues fit together at the end to solve the mystery. Overall both stories have excellent senses of character, good descriptions of location and twists and turns in the plot which makes them interesting. Page 1 Pre - 1914 writing By Ryan Burns ...read more.

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