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The Red Room Analysis

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The Red Room Analysis Curtis Pye 10.1 English In this essay I will be analysing the short story "The Red Room" which was written be H.G Wells in 1896. I'm going to be looking at what techniques he uses to build tension, and also be looking to see if it's a successful ghost story or not. There are many different ways in which writers can build tension and keep the readers attention, some of these ways are; Long descriptions that get the readers attention, and give imagery to the reader using adjectives, verbs and adverbs, the writer may also use stereotypical settings or characters that create tension and gloomy feelings to the story, or maybe they use short sentences, to create pace in the scene or to show sudden action. The opening sets the scene, and introduces the plot and the characters. The first sentence of the story starts in the middle of a conversation between two characters in the story. In the conversation it has the word "ghost" within it, so already the reader is getting hints about what the story is about. As you read further into the conversation you find out that the character in the story is an arrogant type of person; ..."and caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness" - The writer is trying to make the reader not like the character, and from other stories or film references, the character that isn't liked, normally in the end, is the one that suffers at some point in the story or film. "Eight and twenty years," said I, "I have lived and never a ghost have I seen as yet" A small extract of what the character says to show he is arrogant. In the next paragraph the writer introduces and describes an "eerie" old woman, which gives the reader, the feeling of unnaturalness. ...read more.


There is also a part, where we find that "The Red Room" may have had rumours about it already; ..."The great red room of Lorraine Castle" which would mean, that the room is well known, which makes the reader find out exactly what's going on. Further down the page there are uses of a metaphors; "My candle was a was a little tongue of light in its vastness, that failed to pierce the opposite end of the room, and left an ocean of the mystery and suggestion beyond its island of light". The two in that extract really helps put the room into scale. As the character walks about the room he checks places to make sure nothing is there; "I pulled the blinds and examined the fastenings or several windows before closing the shutters", "looked up the blackness of the wide chimney, and tapped the dark oak panelling for any secret opening", he's thoroughly checks everything in the room which shows how nervous he is getting. As he is checking, there are a lot of run on sentences that speeds up the pace and creates suspense for the reader. Next page the character begins to light candles, and the way the writer has put together the small sentence really adds to the tension; "All these I lit one after the other", it's a slow sentence that now slows down the pace. As the reader reads on he will find that the character is becoming more and more paranoid, for some reason the character creates a barricade with a armchair and a table, which he puts his revolver on ready, again is creates more questions, like "Why would he barricade himself?" "What's the use of a revolver?" The writer uses a lot of creepy sentences to make the reader become on the edge of his seat, such as "I still found the remoter darkness of the place, and its perfect, stillness, too stimulating for the imagination" Eerie sentences like these really build the tension and persuade the reader to read on. ...read more.


"Was there a ghost?" etc. The reader is now coming to the end of the story, and the main character's personality has changed, he now believes that something was there; "Yes, Said I; the room is haunted". As the old people then start to ask about the room the writers uses punctuation to show fear in the old people, as they are scared of the room, ..."Because we have never dared...Tell us, is it truly the old earl Who-" As the reader progresses the writer build a small amount of tension once again; "It is not" said I "There is neither a ghost of earl nor ghost of countess in that room, there is no ghost as all; but worse, far worse-" Then the character reveals all, that it is just fear it self that haunts the room. The character then goes on to describe fear, and how fear itself can change your feelings towards anything and make you think of anything. The write uses personification to make it sound like it's something physical which can chase and follow you, and in a way, it is, fear can physically control a person. Overall I think the story is a very excellent story, as the amount of tension he builds through the story as it progresses really helps the excitement the reader receives. Also I think he has done a great job with the story structure and how it all fits together. I think the end of the story is very effective, as the reader is expecting to find out what happened to the character but he doesn't, so the story ends on another small cliff-hanger. In my opinion I'm not quite sure if there was a ghost in the room or it was really just fear that scared the character, but I do think that that is what makes the story so good, because it leaves the reader with many questions that will always be unsolved. So the reader will never know what actually happened, but they can use there own imagination to decide. ...read more.

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