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Which story has more effect on the reader and why?

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Introduction

Which story has more effect on the reader and why? The Superstitious Mans Story uses the paranormal in a superstitious way as the title suggests. It is set in a small isolated village that is perhaps not the most original location for a ghost story. This creates a superstitious atmosphere however as the villagers are cut off. The story suggests that the few people who live there are cautious and wary, as if they have been troubled by the supernatural before. Night Fears on the other hand uses the supernatural in a different way. It concerns a night watchman whose job involves being alone for long stretches of time. After a while his mind plays with him, the story focusing on a psychological theme. ...read more.

Middle

In my opinion it is easier to believe in a character such as the night watchman. Someone experiencing phantasms and seeing things is more convincing. In contrast the characters in The Superstitious Mans Story have a few credible moments. It is easy to believe in the tale when for example the wife thinks her husband exits the house after she hears the door close when in fact he is still in bed. An error of this nature could without doubt happen to anyone. Both stories are written in a third person perspective. In The Superstitious Mans Story at the start the first sentence creates a tension immediately as it mentions a 'curious, silent man'. It is plausible and easy to imagine this mysterious figure. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is easy to imagine what the stranger looks like as the story doesn't describe him in great depth allowing the reader to let their imagination run wild. A line that stands out is, "A change came over the night watchman's outlook." This indicates that his level of madness has reached new heights. A clue to the fact that the watchman is imagining is when it says, "The night watchman had not mention a contract." This shows that this 'stranger' is somewhat unusual to say the least and is either psychic or a figment of the night watchman's imagination. In the end Night Fears is more pragmatic as it is more about psychology whereas The Superstitious Mans Story is about superstition. It is concerns the fictional supernatural but Night fears is more realistic, concerning mentality. Going psychologically mad is a surprisingly common occurrence if a person is left alone for a long stretch of time. James Noton 11G ...read more.

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