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Write a critical appreciation of the passage paying particular appreciation to the ways in which the writer created mood and atmosphere - Susan Hill's "A London Particular".

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Write a critical appreciation of the passage paying particular appreciation to the ways in which the writer created mood and atmosphere. In the extract from Susan Hill's "A London Particular" the mood is set by the use of language and structure in the first paragraph. "It was a Monday afternoon" are the first few words of the extract and suggests that the setting is quite normal yet as we read on to "growing dark" it creates a sense of apprehension. Susan Hill also structures her first paragraph by using hyphens and this shows the abnormality of the situation. With the felling of abnormality in the passage the reader starts to feel apprehensive and scared at what is to come. ...read more.

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All of these characteristics of the fog imply that it is boding evil or in fact evil itself. When the fog is said to be "gaining a sly entrance at every opening" it likens the fog to a thief, this likening is negative and thus creates an uneasy mood in the passage. Another method that Susan Hill uses to create mood and atmosphere in this extract is by making the fog harm the innocent people of London. When the fog is described as one that "choked and blinded" it makes the reader feel sorry towards anyone caught in this situation. When the whole circumstances are described as "a game of Blind Man's Buff" it creates the idea that the people caught in the fog are vulnerable as they are likened to children. ...read more.

Conclusion

This imagery clearly allows the reader to associate the fog with hell and therefore evil. This comparison makes the reader wonder what acts of evil the fog is going to commit and therefore creates a tense atmosphere in the passage. To conclude Susan Hill uses strong descriptive language to create a sense of foreboding in the extract. She also uses narrative to allow the reader to relate to the story better and therefore feel sorry and scared of what is happening. Hill also personifies the fog in a typically gothic way so it appears to be a human causing these acts of evil, which in the time of this extract was more horrific than a fictitious character. She also makes the citizens of London out to be vulnerable and this creates a sombre mood, as people don't like evil preying on the vulnerable. ...read more.

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