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What are the effects created by H.G.Wells in 'The Red Room' ? What techniques are used ?

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What are the effects created by H.G.Wells in 'The Red Room' ? What techniques are used ? 'The Red Room' is a short story of gothic genre written by H.G.Wells. The story is about a twenty eight year old man who wants to have the experience of witnessing a ghost and prove, to himself, that he will not be frightened by spending a night in the 'red room' which, apparently, contains a ghost. The atmosphere of the night that he spends in the 'red room' is one of mystery and fear. At the beginning of the story the man is engaging conversation with three people. The characters remain anonymous and are referred to as 'the man with the withered arm', 'the man with the shade' and 'the old woman'. Their so-called 'deformities' makes the reader realise that the man is alone with these strange, old people, and adds a certain eeriness to story. All the characters act oddly one way or another. The old woman sits 'staring hard into the fire, her pale eyes wide open.' This line is base on her eyes, the author describes them as 'wide open', which gives the illusion of a mad woman, possibly the fact that she always stares into the fire, also gives the illusion of being quite obsessed and mad. ...read more.

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The castle in which the story takes place is described as 'deserted' and 'draughty', these adjectives give the illusion of space and vastness whilst still keeping a sense of spookiness about the setting. Whilst, embarking towards the 'red room', the young man encounters a statue, the classic 'Ganymede and Eagle'. Its shadow, like the one of the man with the patch, startled the man, following to scare the reader. The author has included this to build further tension leading to the middle of the story, where the real drama takes place. The red room is described very much in context to its' lighting. 'Sombre', 'shadowy', 'black', 'red' and 'dark' are all adjectives used to illustrate the red room. The colours used are ones that signify the devil (red), evil (black) and death (red and black). 'Sombre' and 'shadowy' imply that not everything in the room could be seen which leads the reader to be scared for the man. Mirrors are also used to describe the room and add a scary factor to the story as the character could easily get confused and not know what is real and what is reflected. As the young man makes his way towards the 'haunted' room he reminds himself that 'the duke begun his dying' where he was standing, this is said in relation to past happenings which've occurred there. ...read more.

Conclusion

Repetition has been used. 'Tonight of all nights' and 'it's your own choosing', said by the old people to the young man, is emphasised to make the reader understand that what the young man is doing is frowned upon and dangerous. The ending of the story is a "twisted" one and is surprising and unexpected. From what the reader has read throughout the story, which was very physical and suggestive, it comes as a shock to an ending which is psychological and mind provoking. The story is based on an unexpected ending. Most of the story is a build up, and in some parts quite brutal and edgy, to a calm and philosophical/mind provoking ending. Characters, location and style of writing all lead the reader to believe that the protagonist is going to witness something terrible of aggression and violence yet, the end, comes as a relief as all unnatural events have been explained in a contradicting way. I did enjoy the basic story, I thought it was original and the ending was excellent and surprising. Yet the style of the story, I did not enjoy. I thought the description of the setting and characters was disappointing and the language used wasn't always clear. Although the story was a creative way to change the standard, normal plot of the typical scary story. ...read more.

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