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Which story do you find easier to believe and Why? In order to decide weather "The Supernatural man's story" or "Night Fears" is more believable, various factors have to be considerate.

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Which story do you find easier to believe and Why? In order to decide weather "The Supernatural man's story" or "Night Fears" is more believable, various factors have to be considerate. I think that there are three main factors; the way supernatural is used in both stories, the way the stories are written and the portrait of the main characters. The way the main characters are portrait in the stories have a mayor importance in finding which story is more believable. William, the main character in "The Superstitious Man's Story", "not being a man given too much speaking", is portrait as rather a remote character. He says little and it is described as "curious and silent". "When he was around; there seemed to be something clammy in the air as if a cellar door was opened close by your elbow." Very little is known about William because he is portrait from the outside, but what makes him a believable character is the detail of the description given. ...read more.

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It has a pace that builds intensity as the tension mounds and it captures the readers emotionally so it dose not give time to analyze what is happening. The fact that it is kind of a metaphoric story means that it is more believable?. "The Supernatural Man's Story" however is episodic. It recounts events that take place in different time but this dose not mean that that there is not an equal involvement. At the end, each episode concludes with something inexplicable that keeps the interest. This leads us into the supernatural being the central element in both stories. The treatment is very different and it may influence. The supernatural is another factor considerate, and again it is used different in both stories. "The Supernatural Man's Story" is basically traditional superstition. A rational explanation for every event is not found. The character believes this superstitions and traditions and then events occur that are not obviously explicable, they are accepted because of the fact the other characters accept them and because of the way the story is written that brings tension and the element of the supernatural which make a convincing story. ...read more.

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in spring while at play there, and this had so preyed upon William's mind that he'd never been seen near the spring afterwards." This help to understand what happens at the end, on the day he died. It was William's soul the one that was seen by the spring. This ending also arouses sympathy on us. So, after analyzing all the different facts, I finally came with my conclusion. For me personally, both stories are engaging the way I read them because of the characters, supernatural and the way it is written but I find "Night Fears" more believable than "The Supernatural Man's Story" because it turns out to be a psychological story. The events in "Night Fears" are very believable because the supernatural element ultimately turns out to be a psychological question, which is possible to believe that the night watchman disturbed the balance of his mind causing delusions about the stranger. This drives him to commit suicide. Superstitions in "Supernatural Man's story" may be tradition but are not believable. 865 words -1- ...read more.

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