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'The Red Room'

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English essay: 'The Red Room' HW Shahid 8s I am writing an essay, based on the story 'The Red Room', and will try to explain what makes it such a good mystery story. Some of the main reasons for why it's a great story include the vocabulary and words the author has used and the setting that the story is created in. The author uses gothic language, giving the story more suspense; he also sets the story in a haunted setting which builds up tension. The story was written by HG Wells, between the turn of the 20th century. HG Wells was an English author and a political philosopher; he was most famous for his science fiction romances. Wells gets across his ideas of the red room in many ways throughout the story. 'The Red room' belongs to the gothic genre. A gothic novel emphasises mystery and horror and it is filled with ghost haunted rooms, just as 'The Red Room' does. They also have underground passages, secret stair ways and so on. The genre builds up a mount of tension in the story where the description of the house gives the impression that it is old and abandoned. The old woman says, 'eight and twenty years you have lived and never seen the likes of this house'. This illustrates that the house must be historic and it could also be decaying. The story of 'The Red Room' is written in first person, this suggests that the reader believes it's from personal experience and knows what they're feeling. ...read more.

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This adds to the atmosphere and suspense as it gives a troubling image of fear although you want to read on, to discover what happens. As the narrator leaves, it says that he `left and then shut them in' this illustrates that he is the one who is in charge of the situation, or so he thinks. The fact that he shuts the old pensioners in, it leads the reader to believe that he does not want to be near them. There is a passage, a spiral case and a very long corridor in the house. The passage is described by the anonymous narrator as a `chilling, echoing passage.' This illustrates the genre, and the tension builds up. The narrator refers to the passage as `The long, draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty.' `Subterranean' suggests darkness. As he continues to walk down the passage, it comments on the atmosphere, `the ornaments and conveniences of the room about them were ghostly'. This makes the atmosphere more ghostly as we move nearer to the `haunted' room. `A shadow came sweeping up after me, and one fled before me into the darkness overhead,' this creates great suspense. It improves the paragraph by making the reader wonder what the shadows are. The shadows show signs of darkness, of the passage to build up the atmosphere. The narrator describes the pensioners dress sense as `fashions born in dead brains'. This is an example of personification, used by the author. It contributes to the imagery used in the story in addition. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was the invisible hand that really had the narrator, as he thought he saw a real ghost. After seeing the hand, there was nothing he could do to bring back his confidence. At the end of the story, the character is changed by realising that it was his mind playing tricks on him. It is his own fears that make him believe the room is haunted. He imagined the most terrifying things that weren't true, which led to the panicking reaction. He says `fear that will not have light or sound that will not bear with reason that deafens and darkens and overwhelms. It followed me through the corridor; it fought against me in the room.' This is how the character describes what fear really is and shows that he realises the fear of his own fears. The character becomes aware of how powerful the mind is and what imagination can do to you, it can play tricks on one another. Fear gets across really well throughout the plot, characterisation, and the language to describe the shadows, the genre and the setting. I personally quite enjoyed this story and I certainly think it had a lot of suspense in it, because it definitely made me jump! It could be said that darkness is the most important part of the red room, as darkness seems to be what the narrator is most afraid of, `closed upon me like the shutting of an eye,' `wrapped about me in a stiffing embrace.' and `sealed my vision'. I have to say though; the author does grab people's attention quite easily, and I was amazed how I kept in focus wanting to read on more and more. BY SHAHID... ...read more.

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