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The Red Room How does H.G.Wells create fear and tension in 'The Red Room'? All good stories need tension, because tension is the thing which makes a story more intense, and makes the reader want to keep on reading it. The overall outline of 'The Red Room' is a young man goes to Lorraine Castle, a very gothic setting, to stay over night in the supposedly haunted room to prove that there are no such things as ghosts, but during his visit, he starts to see things differently. H. G. Wells creates fear and tension in many different ways, including through the plot, the characters, imagery and the setting. H. G. Wells creates tension through the plot by using a continuously changing pace. When the pace is slow and slightly awkward, the tension is higher because there is more time for description, but then when the pace of the story quickens most of the tension is lost, and the fear takes over: 'I glanced over my shoulder at the Ganymede in the moonlight, and opened the door of the red room rather hastily, with my face half turned to the pallid silence of the landing' contains ...read more.


He uses phrases like 'decaying yellow teeth', 'pale ayes wide open' and 'clumsily' which allows you to imagine what these three old people look like and how they act towards each other. A lot of tension is created through the old pensioners because they do not really talk to one another, leaving a lot of silences, and making the young man feel tense and apprehensive. Wells' use of first person brings the reader more into the story and lets the reader feel some of the young mans tension and fear. Fear is also created by the characters with what they say: the old man with the withered arm repeats 'it's your own choosing' again and again, while the old woman echoes herself saying 'this night of all nights!' These two phrases create fear and tension when said by the old man and woman because it is as if they know something rather horrible, and we don't, but they wont tell us because they want us to find out for ourselves. Wells creates fear and tension through the setting by using a gothic setting. ...read more.


This makes the shadows seem very secure and confident. Wells uses other effective imagery to describe the shadows, like 'it's germinating darkness' and 'an ocean of mystery', but not only does he describe the shadows and the darkness with great imagery, but he also uses very good imagery to describe the small amount of light: 'my candle was a little tongue of flame' and 'beyond it's island of light'. This imagery reminds the reader that there is a lot more dark than light in the story, because every description about the darkness is as if it were a giant monster, completely over-powering, and the description about the light is as if it were a small island in the middle of nowhere. I think H. G. Wells creates fear and tension through all of the above, and maybe in even more ways. He creates it through the way he tells the story: his style, and the language he uses. I think that the way he describes all the darkness in the story, is the best way he creates fear and tension in his story of 'The Red Room'. ...read more.

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