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What expectations do the authors create by the way they begin their stories? - The Red Room, From The Ostler and The Treasure in the Forest.

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Choose 3 of the Victorian short stories you have studied. What expectations do the authors create by the way they begin their stories? We have read a range of stories including: The Red Room, From The Ostler and The Treasure in the Forest. 'The Red Room' is about a legendary ghost that lives in a red room of a castle, haunting people if they enter. From the Ostler is about an Ostler who falls in love with a beautiful women and decides to marry her but his mother refuses to let him; the story is set in the past. 'The Treasure in the Forest' is about two people described as 'scumbag thieves' looking for treasure in an isolated forest. We have studied the opening of each of the 3 proses; the reason being is because they are important as they are only short stories and have to bring many expectations to what the story is about, what happens next and what kind of genre the story is. In this essay, I will analyse what expectations each story gives out to the audience. From the Ostler was written by Wilkie Collins in 1855. He was famous for writing the first few ever-mysterious novels such as this one. Ostlers were people who look after horses, which reflects to the time this story was written as we rarely see many around anymore; it also gives an idea that this story is set in a farm. 'From' tells us that it may be set in the point of view of the Ostler and also that he may be the main character. ...read more.


The third character, the man with the shade, is an older character, described as even more deformed and grotesque than the rest: "He supported himself by a single crutch, his eyes were covered by a shade and his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth." This character causes tension to scene, as it seems the other two old characters dislike him: "...glance of positive dislike." As it quotes in the story: "...caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness, in the queer old mirror at the end of the room" the young man sees a vision himself as one of these old people. Wells writes about him seeing this vision to form this expectation that he may become just like these old people-afraid of the legendary ghost. The story is first set in the living room of the old and eerie castle where n the old people seem to inhabit. The room gives an impression of protection from the Red Room as the room is a long way away from them as the man with the withered arm gives a long description to where the room is: "You go along the passage for a bit until you come to a door, and through that is a spiral staircase, etc..." The room also has a feeling of warmth and life with the fireplace and the people in it; yet ironically, the room creates a sense of horror, with the fire from the fireplace, creating shadows/darkness on the walls: "A monstrous shadow of him crouched upon the wall", and also seeing these old people, described as, deformed, practically imagine them dead as the young man quotes there actions: "droning insistence". ...read more.


It's a possible expectation that later in the story they could get punished for this weakness. "The intense excitement of the struggle for the plan"- The word "Struggle" raises questions to how come they struggled for the plan. The quote continues: "the long voyage" its seems as took a long time to travel to their location, show just how precious the treasure is, shows how their greed is driving them to get this treasure. The story is written in third person, as Wells wants the reader to experience the characters' actions and feelings. It gives this ides like we are watching them from a camera's point of view I noticed that the characters 'From the Ostler' and 'The Red Room' aren't named, maybe because they have to show the character's proposition of the story, without having going into detail. Openings are very important as they create expectations to what genre the story is and maybe introduce the characters in a short period of sentences. In conclusion, I would say the opening line of 'The Red Room' was most effective than the rest as immediately grabs the reader's attention, with a quote, to wonder why is the character talking about ghosts. Although the opening first line of From The Ostler not as effective and attention grabbing than the Red Room, overall I found the whole opening of From the Ostler the most effective as it builds up a balance of expectations throughout the whole opening. I would say the opening paragraph of The Treasure in the Forest the least effective, as it doesn't grab your attention. The younger audience may just drift off or not be interested in reading the rest of the story. By Philip Sau ...read more.

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