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Wider Reading: Compare and contrast the landlady and a terrible strange bed, which story do you find most chilling and why?

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GCSE Coursework Wider Reading: Compare and contrast the landlady and a terrible strange bed, which story do you find most chilling and why? The stories that we read are Roald Dahl's, The Landlady and A Terrible Strange Bed by Wilkie Colins. The landlady is a 20th century short story whereas A Terrible Strange Bed was written in the 19th century. This is shown by the different words used in the two different story also the word order is different from the 19th century and the 20th century. The horror genre is when a story is scary or chilling. The story of the landlady is chilling and has suspense because the character is described as old and a fragile person. The landlady stuffs animals as a hobby and the writer uses the language to make us think that she stuffs humans, there is also hints from the old lady because she says that the past guests are upstairs and when the story tells us about the lady stuffing animals it makes think that what happened to the past guests when the lady said they were upstairs. In the short stories there are horror words used, one of the words used in the Landlady is chilling which relates to something being scary, fearful, and terrifying. There is a expression for the word chilling which relates to being scared or feeling frightened, `A twinge down your neck'. ...read more.

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Dhal uses language to make us think and guess what happened to the past guests and what the landlady meant by saying about the past guests. Near the end of the story he doesn't finish the story as Dhal lives it up to the readers to make their mind, he lives it as a suspense story where there is no ending and the readers have to guess and make their own mind up. The narrative plot is put together by the writer by using the beginning exposition, which is the build up the climax, which is the high point, and last the resolution which is the end of the story where the problems and the questions are answered. The techniques used are good because it makes the writer think and in the landlady he tries to make the audience complicated by using false appearance. At the end of the story the writer keeps us guessing by not telling us what happens and keeps the readers in suspense. In the landlady the characters are the protagonists, which is Billy Weaver and the landlady. The writer makes us expect Billy is posh by the use of the language used to describe him but infect he is a middleclass person who wants to be businessman. We also expect the landlady to be old and fragile and would not be able to move fast and maybe need help. ...read more.

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Billy Weaver doesn't know what will happen, as he will be in with a shock to find that she has bad intentions for him as Dhal uses language to give us hints. The settings are the bed and breakfast the empty house and the lonely living room. The setting gives us that something weird and horrific is going to happen because in the story the is described as a nice house but if go closer to the house it has a false appearance and the paint from outside looks but if you see it properly then you could see it is peeling off. Dhal uses adjectives to describe the house and how it stands out and how it attracts people. The setting falls in with the genre because it has false appearances put on which relates to the horror genre, which has a false appearance to get the audience interested. The objects in the story is that she wants Billy Weaver so she can stuff him, this is not said in the story but there are hints by which Dhal wants us to figure it out by ourselves, there are also clues that she stuffed the other guests. We don't know this until Dhal gives us hints about the genre and the landlady's intentions which makes the readers suspicious about the landlady, this because of the false appearance and the horror techniques used in the story. In The Terrible Strange Bed, the narrator goes on a holiday to France where he goes ...read more.

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