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The Red Room by HG Wells.

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The Red Room With just the first few lines, H.G.Wells places the story elements genre, character, and scene in place within the opening few lines. He does this to so he does not have to revisit these elements of the story in detail anywhere further in the story. If he was to do this it would take away from the build up of tension by adding factual sentences that aren't thrilling and would interrupt the build up of tension The genre is created by H.G.Wells in just the first line when the main character answers a question that has just been asked but is not actually printed. The answer is 'I can assure you,' said I, 'that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' From this, the reader of the story can identify that this story will be one connected with the supernatural. This typically falls into the 'horror' genre, which tells the reader to expect the unnatural and tension from the start. The character roles in the play are also introduced within a few lines when near the beginning of the play the main character observes that the characters 'were trying to enhance the spiritual terrors of the house'. They are purposely and stereotypically created by H.G.Wells in a way that seems frightening. ...read more.

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Heed the advice of his peers. Unfortunately for him, he does not deliberate the counseling given to him by the older characters, and immediately begins to regret his decision. He masks his regret by stating that it was the 'deep toned, old-fashioned furniture' and the 'oddness of these three pensioners' that made him feel uneasy. He then suddenly forgets about his strong atheist views and blatant righteousness, and begins to view the three older characters views with credibility. He shows this by stating that 'they belong to another age, an older age when things spiritual were different from this of ours'. He next goes on to let the thoughts of ghosts and the spiritual play on his mind and imagination. He begins to imagine and describe the old characters as 'Their very existence is spectral' and their 'fashions born of brains dead. Even the surroundings and ornaments he begins to view as 'ghostly- the thoughts of vanished men, which still haunted rather than participated in the world of today.' All these quotes show that he has only finally began to see his predicament from the reader's point of view. That everything and everyone around him seems to be a warning that the legends are true about the haunting of The Red Room. ...read more.

Conclusion

He sees the point he is now as the point where the duke 'begun his dying'. This is strange way of seeing his situation as he himself sees the duke as being his predecessor. He next surveys his surroundings and brings to mind the legends of the room and even parts of the room, which he cannot see he calls 'suggestion beyond its island of light.' By doing this, it seems that with this paragraph he is trying to unnerve the reader, again the creation of tension by given secondary information about speculatory aspects of the room. However, as a character he lays his own foundations for a, at this point in the story, almost certain scare. The reason the characters thoughts are never written is to make the reader think it himself A dictionary definition of tension is ' mental strain or excitement.' In the 'Red Room' a 'mental strain or excitement' is achieved by H.G.Wells through various means of building up the story. Like lighting a match, he will first obtain the means to accomplish the task, build up the friction and the end affect is combustion of all the elements, to cause the desired outcome. A striking finish Within the very structure of the story 'The Red Room', tension is produced and it is done by placing the story elements in a typically appropriate order. ...read more.

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