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Write a comparative essay about two stories you have studied - Compare characters, theme, language and similarities and differences - Roald Dahl The landlady, and Wilkie Collins The Terribly Strange Bed.

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Write a comparative essay about two stories you have studied. Compare characters, theme, language and similarities and differences. Roald Dahl - The landlady Wilkie Collins - The Terribly Strange Bed Through out this year I have read several stories. In this essay I am going to compare two of these stories, looking closely at the theme, content, character, similarities and differences. The two stories I have decided to look at in detail are The Landlady by Roald Dahl and The Terribly Strange bed by Willie Collins. I enjoyed reading both stories, as they were interesting in an individual way. The first story had clues building up to the event where as the second story had less obvious clues and an event. The characters were quite similar in their selves and their unsuspecting manner in which they treated their luck. I must admit it was different from anything I have read recently. The landlady 17-year-old Billy weaver travels form London to bath and is told to stay at the Bell and Dragon but as he is walking there he spots a B&B. deciding to check the pub first he undecidedly stands out front the B&B, then is compelled to ring the bell. The landlady entices him in and tells him the room is ready -because its cheap and cosy he decides to stay at the B&B, Billy notices the woman has a parrot and a dog he assumes that the are real pets. ...read more.

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The police also discover that hundreds off men have been drugged suffocated and thrown in the seine (French River). The old solider and his accomplish, a women who worked at the pub had been trying to steal back all the money won at the gambling house. The old solider had been thrown out of the army and was a thoroughly rotten and evil man! The English man survived death and lived to tell the tale but never gambled or played cards again. My favourite character from the first story was the Landlady because she was clever and cunning and a little psychotic. As she tempts Billy into the B&B, she gives him a "warm welcoming smile" which makes you think she is already thinking about killing him and stuffing him. Plus the idea of stuffing him is a little out of the ordinary. She gives him little clues as if playing with him, daring him to make sense of them and escape e.g. "I stuff all my little pets" and my guests never leave" As a reader you didn't know if she would slip and Billy would figure out what happened to the pervious guests also if she gets away with killing him or does he escape. ...read more.

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Collins are very long and Dahl's quite short making it difficult for the reader to follow the story in the second and it seem to be twice as long The characters in both stories are similar in the way of the na�ve victims and the evil vindictive killers. But in theme, story setting and ending they are quite different. Collins is set in France and has the ending to it, Dahl's is set in England and leaves you on a cliff hanger, no knowing whether Billy will die due to the old Landlady or will he live and discover her secret. The stories are similar in the way that they both are mysteries and murder and in the way both victims are drugged e.g. "I was seized by with a fit of giddiness, and felt more completely intoxicated than ever" (The Terribly Strange Bed). " The tea tasted faintly of bitter almonds and he didn't care much for it" (The Landlady) Then theme of both stories was similar because both victims were travelling away from home the first for work and the other for pleasure. In conclusion I think that the terribly strange bed was the most interesting read and that the landlady was more frustrating. I like the fact the second story had an ending and did not give so many clues and the story was less predictable. Although the language was more complicated it was still my favourite story. ...read more.

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