• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What Elements Proceed in Making the Monkeys Pawa Successful Horror Story?

Extracts from this document...


What Elements Proceed in Making the Monkeys Paw a Successful Horror Story? There are in actual fact a various number of techniques and components, which constitute in creating dramatic tension and then sustaining it, thereby making The Monkeys Paw a successful horror story. The Monkeys Paw tells the story of a mystical talisman with supernatural capabilities. The story consists of two sets of characters, The White family, who personify the rational, and Sergeant Major Morris, representing the supernatural. The chemistry between these two sets of characters will become more apparent later on, as I will discuss it in more detail. The monkeys paw grants any three wishes to whoever may hold it, although each individual wish possesses some kind of adverse side effect. The monkeys paw was given to the to the White family by a mysterious old man, Sergeant Major Morris. Despite Sergeant Major Morris's various indirect warnings as to what the monkeys paw was capable of, the White family purely dismissed them, 'better let it burn'. The father of the family then proceeded to wish for �200. (This could be an indication as to when the story was written, pre-twentieth century. �200 in this modern age would not be considered a vast sum of money.) The consequence of this wish was the resulting death of his son at work (Maw and Meggins), although the family received exactly �200 as compensation, 'they wish to present you with a certain sum of compensation'. Due to the mother's natural bereavement at the death of her son, she then found herself forcing her husband to wish to wish Herbert (her son) ...read more.


The three stories are set in an isolated area, which gives us an idea of tragedy later on and therefore helps create tension. The weather is overcast and gloomy, which helps give the atmosphere an uncomfortable and strange feeling. Each story is set in windy, dark, rainy conditions in very mysterious, old areas which are described very strangely and in great detail. This helps set the stories genre as horror and adds to the tension. Each story follows similar fundamentals and materials, "The Monkey's Paw" is regarding a talisman in the shape of a monkeys paw which grants three wishes to who ever may hold it, who in this case is the White family, but the wishes don't come true exactly as they expected but instead brings great misfortune upon the family. The location was solitary and confined to one house. The setting was described "cold and wet". The Red Room tells the story of a Room in an old broken down house which had been said to be haunted, the narrator had been sent to investigate the theory, after spending one night there he found out through experience that the only supernatural activities in that room was from the fear in his own imagination. Again the location was isolated and restricted to one house or more so to one room. In this story the setting was set inside the house, "The long draughty subterranean passage was chilly and draughty" Where as the Signalman is about a lonely man who is being tormented by his own fate. He is being haunted by a spectre signalling him of his own death, but his ignorance clouds him from understanding this and so the story ends in tragedy. ...read more.


This helps to maintain the tension, as if to end the story with a question mark. The language is very effective in creating tension; all three stories are written in a very formal style. The vocabulary is very complicated and hard to understand. This is expected due to the stories pre 20th century background, this helps makes the story more effective. The structure of the language is represented through long sentences followed by shorter ones or quotes this technique is used through out all three stories to build up tension and is very successful in doing so. Repetition is used very frequently to highlight noises, colours and settings such as "candlelight, footsteps, inflamed, fire, shadow". This is a literacy technique, which the writers use to create tension. The stories are described in great detail as to create a better understanding and picture of the stories. By doing so they add to the tension. Evidence that the stories are pre 20th century are common in all three stories. The fact that they use candlelight or the telegraphic instruments in the Signalman, though the main evidence of this is the different views of the supernatural. During this time the supernatural was far more believable where as now we would need scientific proof to say if something was real or not. This pre 20th setting is more effective in creating the setting for a horror genre and to create tension. In conclusion many aspects add to creating tension in all three stories, such as the isolated settings and atmosphere, the complicated pre 20th century language, the structure of the characters and there purposes in the story but mainly the idea of superstition V rational Each individual story uses both common and individual characteristics to create tension which are very successful in there own way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Signalman section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Signalman essays

  1. Analysing 4 Short Horror Story Openings.

    When he first catches a glimpse of the bed and breakfast it says, "Suddenly, in a downstairs window brilliantly illuminated by a street light not 6 yards away..." This means that the house appealed to him and stood out in one way or another and this add to the mystery of the opening.

  2. Pre 20th Century Prose- A Christmas Carol and The Signalman.

    and "I won't believe it". Scrooge, by saying this, is trying to make his self believe that there isn't anything there, it's as if he's trying to prove people that he really is as hard, and cold by not believing in the fact that there was something or someone in his house.

  1. "The short story is the ideal form for writers who want to create a ...

    A tunnel in itself gives a feeling of fear but the vivid description increases this feeling in the words used following the description of part of the psychological setting in "So little sunlight ever found its way to this spot, that it had an earthly, deadly smell; and so much

  2. How effective do you find

    builds it up again, he has another story to tell, another one just like the one before. He says "it leaned against the shaft of the light, with both hands before the face" one still has not got a clear description of what the being is, it is still unmasked

  1. How typical are 'The signalman' by Charles Dickens, 'The monkeys paw' by W.W Jacobs ...

    This gives a effect of mystery because the reader doesn't know what the signalman saw. The word 'trickling' suggests that the tunnel is wet, damp and eerie. This is typical of the gothic genre because the fact that it is wet suggests that it has been bad weather and stormy.

  2. Compare two short stories written before 1900. Explore how the writer’s have crafted their ...

    In "The Signal-Man" the railway cutting is very intimidating. " The cutting was extremely deep" as if the rambler is going into a different world, "it struck a chill to me, as if I had left the natural world". The only sign that the real world was still there was "a strip of sky".

  1. How do Dickens and W.W. Jacobs create a strong sense of dramatic tension in ...

    Dickens takes a different slant and makes great use of repetition when describing the tunnel and the manner of waving the alert. There is use of hell-like terminology and colours, like red, to give an unearthly feeling when descending down to the signalman.

  2. Explore the genre of mystery in the Signal, the red room, the monkey's paw ...

    it's your own choosing - It's my own choosing. However once again the narrator gradually begins to doubt his first judgement. The darkness, which is part of the landscape, starts to play on his human fears. Another parallel between the Red Room and Signalman is the fanciful suggestions utilised that emulate the pretentious language.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work