• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With reference to style and content, examine how the two stories you have read are typical 19th century short stories - 'The Red room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Judges House' by bram Stoker.

Extracts from this document...


With reference to style and content, examine how the two stories you have read are typical 19th century short stories Using reference to style and content I will explain how and why these two short stories are typical 19th century stories. The two short stories that we have read, ' The Red Room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Judges House' by Bram Stoker, are heavily concerned with the supernatural world, with people in the Victorian era preoccupied with ghosts. When Darwin wrote his book 'The Origin of Species' this hugely questioned Christian beliefs. People were no longer sure of religion, and became very superstitious, with Ghost stories became very popular. They had always thought god came first; now science was starting to take over. In the 19th century people were unsure about what was real in the world. The Victorians did not know what to believe about in their world and spirituality. The Victorians liked supernatural stories and short stories were very popular as most people were working so these stories could be read easily and quickly. There were a lot of supernatural stories around this time, and we saw the rise in prominence of the gothic story. A gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that predominated in English Literature in the last third of the 18th century and the first two decades of the 19th century. ...read more.


In 'The Judge's House' the atmosphere switches between a dark atmosphere and a friendly atmosphere. The rats come out and night when it is dark while when the student goes around in the day the atmosphere is friendly until he is studying and the rat returns. The tension is built up in the story by the many appearances of the large rat. The student gets a lot of warnings from people in the town, which also helps to build up the atmosphere and tension, as it seems that everyone knows that there is something in the house, apart from the student who ignores all of these warnings. The light symbolizes the truth in the Red Room. Without light, there is no truth. If the light goes out he has no way of finding out what is in the red room. The darkness creates the tension and fear. In light, we can see but when it is dark we cannot see and therefore tension and fear is everywhere. When the man says that the shadows take another step towards him, he is saying that fiction is closing in on him and as it does, he is been drawn away from the truth. Language plays an important part and changes with characters. The old people have an old English vocabulary, whereas the young man is given a very upper class and stylish vocabulary. ...read more.


Some other things that I picked up on include the face that the main characters (the protagonists) are men, and with men being higher up in society than women in the Victorian era, it is another reason why they are typical 19th century stories. Also, the structure is very similar in both of the stories. They both start with a warning to the protagonist from a peripheral character, which is ignored. As the story goes on, there is a gradual release of clues, and there is an increase in suspense, ending with an abrupt ending. To end, I would just like to point out that both writers did very well in creating and sustaining tension, among other things. One of the first things that came to mind was this the title. The title "The Red Room" immediately attracts the reader's attention; it is symbolic but leaves unanswered questions. "What is the red room?" "Why is it red?" We associate red with fear and danger. Is this room dangerous? Overall, the title raises so much curiosity that it has an overwhelming effect, wanting us to read on and find answers to our questions. O, and we did read on and yes we did find all the answers to our questions. All of these factors explain why both of the stories are typical 19th century short stories. 19th Century stories generally all had morals to them, and the morals of these stories is listen to people's advice, and be afraid, very afraid! Josh Levy ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE H.G. Wells section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE H.G. Wells essays

  1. Comparing short stories

    The characters in 'The Red Room' are described as an old woman with 'pale eyes'. There is also a 'man with the withered arm' and a second man, 'more bent, more wrinkled more aged than the first... his eyes were covered by a shade, and his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth.'

  2. 'The Red Room' is a pre-twentieth century short story written as a gothic mystery.

    Then it happens. The first candle goes out, casting a black shadow on the wall. The second candle goes out and tension in the story is increased, as there is uncertainty about why the candle went out. Although the man does not feel any draft, he claims that it was a draft that blew it out.

  1. How tension Is built Up in short stories

    It is set in a hazy unclear dusty atmosphere in a tunnel Whereas in 'The Red Room' the place remains anonymous along with the location and the characters which generates a great sense of mystery. 'The long, draught subterranean passage was chilly and dusty.'

  2. knowing and not knowing humour and iriony in H.G Wells' short stories

    in the beginning of the story are now tending to his injuries, so after his experience he appreciates them more. The impression the narrator thinks he is making on the reader is much different then the impression he is actually having on the reader.

  1. Humor, Irony and Effects in HG Wells' short stories.

    His description suggests that this is an unsavory character. His excitement and interest in the Cholera virus expressed in his speech, "And yet, those little particles, those mere atomies might multiply and devastate a city! Wonderful!" tells the reader that the man has deadly motives. The bacteriologist remains totally oblivious to what is so strikingly obvious to the readers.

  2. Free essay

    Comparing The Red Room (H.G Wells) and The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins)

    So the Red Room and the Yellow Wallpaper both contrast in using the location to achieve a sense of fear. The furniture and objects in the room also depict an unnerving and tense atmosphere. For example, Wells uses phrases such as,' whatever dust had gathered on the carpets'.

  1. Gothic Horror stories. The three stories are 'The Signalman' written by Charles Dickens in ...

    Long list sentence to build tension is another technique in the story "I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manger."

  2. Conventions of the Gothic Horror - The Red Room by H.G. Wells

    and old that the noises echo against the walls and staircases, this creates an atmosphere of fear as it's like there is an unknown being or thing talking back to you. The Victorians are reflected in this by the fact that they were asking all these questions to god and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work