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By what means does HG Wells create an atmosphere of terror and suspense in The Red Room? The Red Room is a short story written by HG Wells in which he uses lots of narrative and descriptive writing to create characters that are terrifying and a narrator that creates suspense. This story is written the 19th century and so many of these techniques are relatively new. HG Wells uses these techniques to create terror and suspense in The Red Room. I am going to discus the use of language, the description and the characters within The Red Room. Wells uses terrifying words such as "monstrous" and "shadowy". He carries this style on in the characters which he creates; describing a custodian as "The man with the withered arm" also mentioning the man with the "shade" and describing his eyes "small, bright and inflamed." The narrator in the story creates suspense as he is overconfident and arrogant at the beginning of the story: "...it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." Yet by the end of the story he befriends the "grotesque custodians" and realises that the red room is in fact haunted by "black fear". ...read more.


We learn throughout the opening of the story he does not like "senility" and that there is something "inhuman" in old age. "The man with the withered arm" repeats "Its your own choosing" four times which is somewhat unnatural; the reader feels terror and suspense from this because it is not a very natural sentence to be said, another example of this is the old lady repeating, "this night of all nights." In fact we never find out what is special about this "night" and so again we feel anxious throughout the story. The man with the "bright and inflamed" eyes does not speak until right at the end when he says "I knew that was it..." This shows that there are things that are not known and it is this not telling that creates the main terror and suspense throughout the story. The man with "his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth" seems to be described very deeply by Wells, but the fact that he does not speak until the end of the story creates terror and suspense because of the lack of speech on his part. ...read more.


Today most people know the end of stories such as these therefore there is less terror and suspense. At the end of the story we find out that there is blood on his "forehead and lips". This shows that he is uncoordinated as well as incoherent while inside the red room and is a sign that the narrator is scared, therefore, because of the fact that he is so "matter-of-fact", we feel terror and suspense. This use of terror and suspense is one of the main things that Wells uses to make the story interesting. Wells is very descriptive in his use of language. This seems unnatural as he uses (some would say) too much description. It also gives him room too take advantage of the readers, because some words that he uses would not be understood by them, putting the reader on edge. As well as using descriptive language he also uses language that is "ancient" even for his time; this creates terror and suspense and makes the atmosphere seem very "archaic". The description of characters, his use of language, the setting he creates through the narrator all combine to create an air of terror and suspense in The Red Room. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alexander De Bacci 25/08/2007 1 ...read more.

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