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  1. The novel The Time Machine is centred on the events which take place when a man of science-whose name is not given- journeys forward into the future

    However, new ideology was emerging at this time, thanks to revolutionary new ideas, from people such as Karl Marx-who found the Marxism school of thinking. This was based upon the idea that the lower and working classes were being exploited and alienated by their social superiors. While the Time Traveller is in the future, he uses his knowledge of the 1900s to evaluate what he sees of the people that he meets. This knowledge is based on the theory of evolution, an idea which was presented not long before the books publication, by Charles Darwin.

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  2. This war has taught us pity - pity for those witless souls that suffer our domination What does the War of the Worlds tell us about human nature?

    We are with the narrator as he learns and we learn from him. Wells puts a man that could well be you or I in an extreme situation to exemplify the problems mankind could face and its weaknesses. The narrator recounts the events with the benefit of hindsight, "It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days", and is surprisingly objective in his account. He details how men, "went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter".

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  3. Time Machine

    Therefore the time machine is an illustration of the Victorian era. Wells was also influenced by Darwin's theory of evolution as in his novel it is an example of how the world around him would be if the human race divided into two new species. Morlocks were the examples of the working classes, they lived underground and maintained machines, whilst the Eloi are examples of the educated classes; they live above ground and indulge in leisure activities like the idle rich of Victorian England. During the Victorian era there were two notable classes, the "Upper Class" and the "Working Class".

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  4. The Red Room

    He ignores whatever rumour he may hear about this room, and he dismisses the fact of a ghost trying to scare him. Although the complete opposite happens; the ghost attacks the narrator because he's the person that is fearless and that must be stopped. The build up to reaching 'The Red Room' and the narrator getting attacked creates suspense throughout the story, which reflects on the question to show it's a typical ghost story. There are three more characters in 'The Red Room' too.

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  5. How is humanity presented in War of the worlds

    Half roasted to death! Trying to escape!" (pg.15) This shows the way that the people immediately assume that it is manmade and could not be anything of alien origin. The arrogance of mankind is further shown many times during the course of the novel. One of the major themes in this novel is the possible submission of mankind. This is obviously shown by the Martian taking men from their homes to use for injection. There is a sense of helplessness as all attempts to resist the Martians fail.

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  6. The Time Machine

    Yet technology brought a dark side as well. Writers were starting to use sci-fi more. On a more positive note, the nineteenth century was the period when modern science developed for the first time. However, it was also a start of new concepts one of them was classes; it affected everyone and included everyone. Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), English author and political philosopher, most famous for his science fiction romances that variously depict alien invasion, terrifying future societies, and transformed states of being; Author of ''the Time Machine''. H.G. Wells was very much a free thinker, although born into 'Victorian society' he rebelled against many of the accepted norms and values of that society.

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  7. Comparing The Red Room and Ghost at the window

    Firstly I'll be reviewing and commenting on The Red Room; The title "Red Room" immediately attracts the reader's attention; it is symbolic but leaves unanswered questions like, "What is the Red Room? Why is it red?" In my own opinion I think that red is also associated with fear and danger. Overall, the title raises so much curiosity that it has an overwhelming effect, and wanting the reader to read on; and to find out the answers to their questions.

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  8. The Time Machine

    Also the actual settings of the future include 'bare hillsides' and 'shrubs and long grass' which gives it rural scenery which is the opposite of the expectation of more progress in development in buildings and an urban landscape. One of the newly modified beings that the time traveller encounters in the future are called the Eloi - who are initially believed to be the dominant descendants of the upper class. Wells describes their physical appearance as 'Dresden china type of prettiness', page 29.

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  9. Discuss the ways in which H.G Wells creates tension and drama in The Red Room

    This makes us think that this is something to do with the Red Room and we think about what might happen to the narrator if he goes in the Red Room. This makes the story more mysterious and sets the scene for a gothic story. It could show the narrator's view of the old people at this point. The 'old woman' tries to force the narrator in not going to the room and she repeats 'This night of all nights!'.

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  10. The Red Room How successfully did HG Wells create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense in his story?

    Because of the narrator's commitment to being rational and clear-headed, he looks down upon anything that seems superstitious or fantastic. This disdain comes across in his dismissal of the "fanciful suggestion" of the room. Or the old people, who he says are prey to "fashions born in dead brains". In spite of his claims to being rational, a nervousness and sense of foreboding does creep into the narrator's tone as the story progresses. We see this first in the unease and mysterious suggestiveness of some of his descriptions, as when he says the shadows in the red room make "that odd suggestion of a lurking, living thing".

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  11. The novel The Time Machine was published in 1895, at the height of the industrial revolution.

    The UK is well known as 'multiculturalism country' this is because there are varieties of different cultures. In the Victorian era, their were different genres of books, including romance, comedy, fantasy and etc, H.G. Wells differed from these groups because he wrote sci-fi books and he was known as 'The man who invented tomorrow' and he was well remembered. Jules and Verne wrote stories about space travel which Victorian readers to wonder about other planets and if there might be other creatures like aliens living in other planets. Science fiction authors were middle class, publishers were suspicious of sci-fi because it challenged God of society's order and people thought it was dangerous like the big bang theory, challenges the existence of God.

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  12. Prequel to the Red Room - H G Wells

    He suggested we were to continue. As the carriage bumped along the cobbly road which was in tandem to the windy river to my right. As we made the mysteriously quiet journey up the path with the only noise coming from the trees creaking and murmuring to each other. The weather seemed to change instantaneously, from being a bright crisp day to a dreary windswept one. I shivered, a chill went up my spine as I pulled my dress coat over my shoulder and did up the buttons. I wondered what it was that made the weather so melancholy and dejected so quickly, but then I realised.

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  13. War of the Worlds

    In 1996 'Independence Day' was filmed using wells' ideas. Then in 2005, Steven Spielberg made the film 'The War Of The Worlds' Starring Tom Cruise. It release was delayed because of 9/11 had made people so fearful that terrorism would overthrow our way of life. For this to happen the book must be very popular. When the novel was written was in 1898 Britain ruled over 25% of the world. The British people were used to invading different countries and winning battles and wars. In the novel London is being over powered by the Martians who landed in Horsell Common from Mars.

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  14. How does H.G Wells convey the experience of fear of The Red Room

    Maybe the old women means sorrow for the young duke who had to die. She might have also meant that so many people have tried to come out of 'the red room' alive and abolish the myth of the room being haunted, but much sorrow is felt each time when they don't make it out alive. A sense of suspicion is built-up by the old folks in the castle, for the boy suspects them of enhancing the 'spiritual terrors' of the house by using their repetitive insistence.

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  15. War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells uses a variety of different techniques to interest the reader.

    These ideas all originated from the Book of War of the Worlds. The use of various settings have interested the reader a lot more as it includes realism into the book. The novel uses a number of settings in and around Surrey and London. "At about three o'clock there began a thud of a gun at measured intervals from Chertsey or Addlestone." This quote expresses the fact that it might actually be happening which makes it very realistic. H.G. Wells was very interested in science and by using real places to increase the accuracy of the writing that makes it very scientific.

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  16. The Red Room is a short story written by H.G.Wells in 1896. It is written in 1st person to make us feel and think like the narrator as he doesnt know everything.

    To attract the reader and keep their attention throughout fear is essential to the story. In order to keep it interesting, tension has built through the text. For constructing the suspense, the story has anticlimaxes during the story and the climax is revealed towards the end. TRR seems like a supernatural story due to its elements and the language used by the poet but, there is no ghost in the whole story. It is filled with clich�s as a typical ghost story and make's the reader to think that it is supernatural. TRR takes place in a creepy Lorraine castle, which has been abandoned for quite a while and said to be haunted.

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  17. What is the effect of the juxtaposition of the ordinary and the extra-ordinary in the War of the Worlds?

    In the first paragraph of that chapter, the narrator gives us an account of how the star was 'rushing', indicating purpose, over Winchester. If we are to believe that it is just a falling star then it would not make sense for it to have a sense of purpose in its movement. This leads us to think that it is actually something more and that the humans portrayed in the book are rather ignorant if they think that it isn't.

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  18. Time Traveller

    To take the question from all angles, you have to look at everything he does or has done and how he feels for example, political and religious views, his emotions, attitude and past. It is important to also explore the context of the time in which the Time Traveller and the author lived. The religion at the time and the scientific knowledge support both sides of the argument, for example a Victorian Everyman would have been bonded to religion but would have promoted science on the basis of furthering knowledge.

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  19. The story the man who could work miracles by H.G. Wells is a powerful warning about the impact that humans can have on their environment. Discuss the methods used by H.G. Wells to convey this message

    Things were beginning to change, they were slightly limited but it appeared human's were taking more control. Populations of towns and cities increased, laws changed, children had to go to school meaning more people were now educated. Machines being invented, like the plane or the Hoover, interested a lot of people and were considered as being miracles, in a different sense to what Wells suggest. I think Wells reflected on changes and wrote about them in more detail, such as in this story, humans using this control but getting carried away, and being the dominant species, beginning to control their environment.

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  20. Compare how the authors of The red Room(TM) and The Signalman(TM) create a sense of tension in their texts

    This is one similarity between the two stories which creates an edge of mystery contributing to tension. 'The Red Room' is set in a deserted castle that is dark and isolated (Lorraine Castle) with deformed characters who are 'grotesque'. The setting in 'The Signalman' is in a dark, lonely, damp location, in a steep, foreboding cutting and Dickens makes sinister descriptions here of the 'solitary' and 'dismal' post of the signalman which immediately creates tension due to the vulnerable image created of the signalman's daily work life .

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  21. Free essay

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

    Light and colours used and other senses that the story plays on will also be examined. When the young man in The Red Room asks to go to the Red Room he is told, 'You go along the passage a bit... through that is a spiral staircase... down the corridor at the end, and the red room is on your left up the stairs.' The fact that the instructions to get to the room are so complex, and very lengthy, shows that the room is very far away.

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  22. Analysis and comparison of two gothic short stories: The Monkey(TM)s Paw(TM) by W.W. Jacobs and The Red Room(TM) by H.G Wells

    The creation of tension is achieved with the use of typical features, for instance setting or use of characters. When using the setting to create tension writers often set the main location in an isolated area. This is apparent in both stories 'The Monkey's Paw' is set in a cut off house during a storm and 'The Red Room' is set in a remote castle. The setting is established straight away in 'The Monkey's Paw' for instance; "without the night was cold and wet", Jacobs uses pathetic fallacy to relay illustrate to the reader what the story will be like and already creates tension.

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  23. Examine the ways in which HG Wells creates atmosphere in The War of the Worlds by close reference to key episodes.

    He is most famous for creating a dramatic effect of horror which he does consistently through War of the Worlds in places where the reader feels as though it is a real situation. There are many different techniques needed which HG Wells uses in his novel such as lots of adjectives and adverbs, alliteration, repetition and onomatopoeia. In the beginning extract, HG Wells shows the reader the horror, alarm and revulsion which is being displayed by the characters in the scene.

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  24. How tension Is built Up in short stories

    However they make him feel a little uncomfortable because of their age, unattractiveness and belief in supernatural begins. "The Red Room" and "The Signalman" are of the same genre. They are both ghost stories. Furthermore know one is named in either story which adds to the tension and suspense of the story. This is a similarity between the two stories. They are both set at night which is typical of a gothic, horror genre. They both effectively build up tension and suspense.

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  25. How does H.G.Wells develop atmosphere and suspense in the opening section of The Red Room?

    H.G.Wells describes the room with this sentence "large sombre room, with its shadowy window bays". This helps the reader imagine the room in their own way. I believe this is the most powerful two words in the opening paragraph are "sombre" and "shadowy". These two words have a big impact on the reader, they give the feeling of a dark gothic style room. "Sombre" means dark and gloomy, this gives the image to the reader that there either is shadows in the room or there is a faint light source. This will give the effect of darkness, people are not scared of darkness but that are frightened of what can be lurking in the dark.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill examining how the writers create suspense in the stories.

    "In my opinion I thought that the ending in "The Red Room" was an anti climax because after you have built yourself up so much while the narrator is in the red room to suddenly come round in daylight to find the three people that you previously found quite scary before, now caring for the wounded narrator it makes you think is that all it has been building up for, fear. My opinion for "Farthing House" is one of utter confusion because it changes tenses, from past to present, and you are not quite sure of what happens. I think that the ending of "Farthing House" was better compared to "The Red Room" because "Farthing House" leaves you confused so that you can think about it for a while whereas at the end of "The Red Room" you know the answers to all the important questions."

  • Compare The Pre-1914 Short Story ‘The Red Room’ With The Modern Short Story ‘Farthing House’

    "After having read both 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House' and compared them, I can say that I preferred 'Farthing House'. This is because I found it easier to read, as the language is more accessible. I also found the storyline more interesting; I felt it had more depth than that of 'The Red Room', as did the characters. Gothic horror, such as the sort in 'The Red Room' does not appeal to me, because I find it is too predictable. Whereas the modern ghost story 'Farthing House' had an interesting twist at the end, similar to 'Hannibal' by 'Thomas Harris', which I recently read, and which ends in an unusual and unpredictable twist."

  • Analyse the short story 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells. How does it create and maintain suspense?

    "Suspense is created by the descriptions of the characters and setting. The characters create tension by making the reader and narrator feel as if the room is evil and sinister. The grotesque and distorted characters make the story more believable. On the narrator's journey to the room everything is set in dim light or dull surroundings. This creates tension as darkness is given a sinister presence. The reader is always kept wondering about why things are like what they are. The behaviour of the old people when the narrator mentions 'The Red Room' makes us wonder about the secrecy of the room and it make us jump to conclusions. The use of descriptive language evokes dramatic images, which build up a sense of fear and expectation There was nothing eerie about the room. The fright and the terror of the room were all in the narrator's mind. The story tells us that if you let fear into your mind it will control you."

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