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What Method's do the writers use in order to create mood, atmosphere and character in the short stories you have studied?

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Jonny O'Brien What Method's do the writers use in order to create mood, atmosphere and character in the short stories you have studied? The Signalman, The Monkey's Paw and The Red Room are three horror stories from the pre 1900 era. The Victorians were obsessed with mystery and the unknown. The industrial revolution and the new discoveries made the Victorians know that there were lots of things that they still didn't know about. Everybody in the Victorian ages either believed in god or in some type of afterlife. The Signalman by Charles Dickens was the first story that I read. It was based on a signalman and stories of what he has been seeing. The Monkey's Paw, written by W.W. Jacobs. Is a story about a family that is disrupted when a travelling military man hands this family a mysterious monkey's paw. This Paw has magic powers to grant them three wishes, but the family find that they get more than they bargained for. The Red Room, a story written by H.G. Wells, Is a very typical pre 1900's horror story. The story starts with a man in an old house, talking to three old people about a haunted room. ...read more.

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There are very different types of characters in these stories, some are portrayed as creepy but some seem quite different. In The Monkey's Paw Mr and Mrs White are depicted as very nice people and you don't expect anything bad to happen to them. However later in the story they have a very nasty accident. Mrs White turns out to become a very crazy person after her son dies. You can see this change in The Red Room in character also when the man at the beginning starts out very brash and full of himself but after spending the night in the red room he acts very differently. The same happens with the old people talking to the man at the beginning of The Red Room; at first they seem very uncomfortable but at the end of the story they seem very welcoming and kind. At the start of The Signalman there is a very uncomfortable atmosphere between the signalman and the visitor. The signalman seems to acting very strange. At first when the visitor shouts "Halloa! Below there!" it seems quite unusual because instead of the signalman looking up to where the visitor was obviously calling from he looks up and down the line which seems quite odd. ...read more.

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The tension in The Red Room builds and builds unti the end where he gets knocked out. The fear in a story is what makes the reader scared. In The Monkey's Paw the writer' use of fear is very effective. After Herbert dies in the story Mrs White decides to use the second wish on bringing Herbert back to life after he dies in the use of the first wish. Mr White reluctantly made the wish. As Mr and Mrs White lay in bed, Mrs White heard a knock at the door this starts getting the reader scared because you don't know what it is. As Mrs White goes to open the door, thinking that it's Herbert, Mr White stops her. The reader never gets to actually see Herbert, but that is what scared the Victorian audiences, the unknown. The endings in these three stories leave you with questions. In The Red Room it never tells you if there is a ghost or not. These stories aren't my favourite but they aren't the worst. My favourite out of the three would be The Signalman. I like the clever ending and you understand what happens at the end without too many questions. Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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