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The whole town’s sleeping - The Red Room comparison.

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THE WHOLE TOWN'S SLEEPING - THE RED ROOM COMPARISON At the beginning of The whole town's sleeping, you are introduced to a very peaceful, tranquil, average American town. It is as though nothing out of the ordinary has ever really happened here. It was a warm summer night in the middle of Illinois country. Whereas in The Red Room, the opening is set in an old dismal castle with three odd contradicting servants. This story instantly starts off creepy while in the whole town's sleeping, it doesn't. The old woman sat staring hard into the fire, her pale eyes wide open. The whole town's sleeping is set in an average town in 1950's USA. It is set mainly outdoors with some indoor sections. The Red Room is set in a dank old castle in 19th century England. There are no real similarities in setting. The theme of both stories is straight and simply fear. ...read more.

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I do not like people who have this characteristic, so I do not like the characters. However, I find them both very realistic, which shows the talents of the authors off well. HG Wells' language is quite old fashioned. I.e., he says, 'eight-and-twenty,' rather than twenty-eight as we would say nowadays. He uses very vivid description, which sometimes becomes so much as to sway you away from what is actually happening in the main story line. There are little similes and metaphors in this story. He uses some direct speech at the very beginning and at the very end, but hardly during the main story section in the middle. It is more: I saw this, I touch this and so on. It is told in the first person and this is better so you can see exactly what he is seeing and thinking in an easier and clearer way. ...read more.

Conclusion

You are told what had happened rather than wondering what will happen. There is almost no imagination here. It would have probably been better to end off with the man fainting and not have the explanation paragraph. In the whole town's sleeping however, the ending is much better, just when you think that all is well and safe, I turns out that is isn't and you are left wondering what will happen to her. (Which is almost certainly death!) I much preferred the whole town's sleeping because of its more modern language; better characters that are easier to relate to; the use of more similes, metaphors and personification; more direct speech; the more exciting suspense section; and the unexpected twist at the end. I fell that the whole image of fear was more greatly achieved in the whole towns sleeping because of the fact that the women all know what are they are to be scared of. And the fact that it was set in a small, innocent town to which you wouldn't think there would be anything like this happening is also more exciting. Scott Humm ...read more.

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