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The Young Man in 'The Red Room' and Sandra in 'The Darkness Out There' are both taken on a journey of self-discovery and realisation. Examine and analyze how H.G Wells and Penelope Lively present this to the reader.

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The Young Man in 'The Red Room' and Sandra in 'The Darkness Out There' are both taken on a journey of self-discovery and realisation. Examine and analyze how H.G Wells and Penelope Lively present this to the reader. Penelope Lively and H.G Wells both wrote stories with large similarities even though they were written in completely different eras. The two main characters in 'The Red Room' and 'The Darkness Out There' stories both go on stories of self-discovery and realisation, although they are placed in different situations. Lively creates a character called Sandra who is suspected of being in her early teens, she is a normal na�ve young girl with dreams that every girl has. She is placed in an awkward position when she visits an elderly woman, but realises that the elderly woman has dark secret that Sandra wishes she didn't discover. H.G Wells character referred to as the young man, visits what seems to be an ancient castle that is suspected of having a haunted room. The young man is purely there to visit the room to discover for himself what the secret really is, but finds a much more horrifying secret. 'The Darkness Out There has been written in the 3rd person, using this type of technique helps the reader with to understand the story more. ...read more.

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Not just to find out the truth. This is shown in the eagerness of his actions and his stubbornness not to leave The Red Room; even after the strange happenings started. The character was determined to stay. Sandra is very na�ve, shy, and old fashioned. Sandra doesn't think of boys at her age. She has the rest of her life to think about boys, is her attitude. Sandra also believes the stereotypes about boys, that they are 'immature'. This shows that she is naive, she doesn't see people as who they are. Only what they are. Before Sandra arrives at Mrs. Rutter's home she thinks of Kerri as a stereotypical boy, but when they leave Mrs. Rutter's home her views on Kerri are changed, she sees him as having a personality and sees him as being a full person. This shows that she has matured from the experience. The two stories are both about how rumors and the truth can get very mixed up. In 'The Red Room' it is the story about the ghosts, the rumor was that evil spirits haunted the room. The truth was that there were no evil spirits, but the only thing to fear was fear itself. ...read more.

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at the end of the satirs, this is haunting the young man as it is there in his mind as he is sat in The Red Room with the evil spirits that killed the man. The young man in 'The Red Room' learns that he is not invinsible; he learns that you don't have to be able to feel the things can hurt you. The young man goes to The Red Room to find one of two things, ghosts or no ghosts. But when he is retreived from The Red Room unconsious he realises a more beleivable and more important point, ' '. This is a very important part in the story as this tells you how he has changed and what he has learnt from it. Sandra learnt that she should not be so na�ve, and that she should be more careful with the people that she trusts. Sandra learned that not everyone or everything is what it seems. The two stories although very different in storlines, have the same meanings. That you should be careful with what you hear. To try and realise the rumours from the truth, and to be careful that they don't get mixed together. They both tell tales of rumors affecting the truth in a bad way. Madeleine Hull 10S Mrs. Hart Wide reading coursework ...read more.

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