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'The Red Room' is a pre-twentieth century short story written as a gothic mystery.

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` 'The Red Room' is a pre-twentieth century short story written as a gothic mystery. It is about a person who arrives at Lorraine castle in order to investigate a haunted room which is shrowded in mystery and rumour. As a result of this, the writer continually makes us guess what is inside the room and why it has such a reputation. 'The Red Room' immediately attracts the reader's attention from the outset.We associate red with Gothic because these are typical sombre Gothic colours, another reason is because we associate it with fear and danger. Overall, the title arouses our curiosity and encourages us to read on so that we may be able to find some answers to our questions. Right from the outset of the story, the reader is intrigued by the narrator's first words to the inhabitants of Lorraine castle, 'I can assure you,' said I, that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' ...read more.

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then as he approaches the red room, the tension builds and he enters very quickly closing the door behind him of the red room. He finds himself in a huge red walled room. As he arranges the room, tension is allowed to fall giving the reader a moment to breathe. As he becomes gradually more aware of the shadows in the room, the tension rises again,' The shadow in the alcove at the end in particular had an indefinable quality of a presence, that odd suggestion of a lurking, living thing, that comes so easily in silence and solitude'. The shadow is personified and seems to have a tangible, sinister presence in the room. Once again this shows us how darkness if far more frightening than being able to see and knowing what is there. Tension is built by way the young man shows his feelings. To conquer his fear of the unknown the man places a candle in the alcove of the corner of the room, 'At last to ...read more.

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When the man says that the shadows take another step towards him, he means that fiction is closing in upon him and as it does, he is been drawn away from rational, logical thought. However at the end, the man literally becomes a reflection of the old people as he allows fear to overcome him. Panic mounts as the room plunges into shadows with him racing around trying to keep up with the candles going out. Clumsily he knocks his thigh against the table and due to this, fear really begins to get a strong grip on him from this point onwards and so he loses control. He loses his battle for truth as he lights the fire with the last remaining candle. Due to panic and fear overwhelming him, he runs into something else and knocks himself out. H.G.Wells uses tension to make the story interesting and keep the readers attention towards the book. The story has number of meanings and themes. H.G.Wells employed effective methods to help create and maintain tension in the most brilliant of ways. Yasser Quadri 10sc3 Miss Crighton ...read more.

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