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The Red Room (First Draft) The setting is important in a ghost story because it sets the whole mood e.g. a ghost story would not feel eerie if it was set in a fairytale castle. Without a good setting the ghost story will be boring and pointless. In ghost stories people expect them to be set in a dark and dingy castle and it to be set at night time under moonlight with thick fog. At the beginning of the story the writer hints about a dark past when he says about the young duke of Lorraine Castle he uses the quote "The great red room of Lorraine Castle, in which a young duke had died". This sets the story as well because a young man who died in the red room of the castle and well you know someone is going to be haunted or something is going to happen. The name red room gives us a feeling of unease and makes us think about something of the supernatural is going to happen. Already the writer has set the scene because he mentioned that someone has died in the castle. ...read more.


This gives a sense of danger and an eerie setting. The writer also gives us the feeling that the castle is big and you could get lost in it. When the narrator asks for the directions to the red room it is not that straight forward to go there. One of the pensioners tells him "Along the passage come to a door a spiral staircase a landing another door a long corridor and up the stairs." This also creates tension because the narrator is travelling through the castle alone and he only has the directions stored in his mind. It is also dark and he has poor lighting. While travelling through the corridors the writer describes the echoing sounds and how the corridors were cold "I walked down the chilly echoing passage". This makes the atmosphere scary because it is cold you could picture the narrator walking alone and when he breaths you could probably see his breath in the air it is that cold. Also you could probably hear his footsteps echoing behind him as he moves through the corridors and on the next place he has been directed too. ...read more.


This suggests that there were candles in the red room to light up the whole room so there was no darkness. The eeriness is lifted for while because the narrator lit up the whole room with the candles. The setting in the story was important because the whole story was based on the setting for example at the beginning it talks about how the red room was haunted and how that a young duke had died there. This was the first glimpse of the setting we had seen. Also it influences the narrator's journey and how he comes across scared. The setting makes the narrator more and more frightend by introducing more scary things in the setting like shadows and noises. In the beginning of the story the narrator is calm because he is in room with people even though they are strange. Then in the middle of the story the narrator is found walking to the red room alone, at this stage of the story the setting gets a bit frightening and the narrator a little scared but by the end the setting is terrifying and we find the narrator unconscious with blood on his head. When he wakes up he is petrified. ?? ?? ?? ?? Heather Owen ...read more.

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