A Comparison of A Vendetta by Guy de Maupassant and The Red Room by H.G. Wells I am aiming to look at the differences and similarities of two
writer's methods of creating tension in their stories. The two stories
I am looking at are 'A Vendetta' by Guy de Maupassant and 'The Red
Room' by H. G. Wells. After I have discussed these two stories I will
draw a conclusion to show what I have found.
'A Vendetta' is about a woman's struggle to avenge the death of her
son. The writer of this story uses lots of sounds in his efforts to
create tension, such as 'howling', 'moan' and 'cried'. These words
create tension because they make people think of pain or fear and
makes them worry about what will happen next.
Guy de Maupassant changes his sentence structure throughout the story.
Longer sentences, such as 'whenever the dog saw the dummy, she
immediately quivered all over, and looked towards her mistress, who
cried in a shrill voice: 'At him!' create tension because the reader
is kept in suspense as they don't find out what is happening until the
end of the sentence. The shorter sentences in the story, such as 'That
night she slept soundly' create tension as they make you read faster
and therefore make you feel panicked. Also tension is created because
although you are reading faster you are not finding out much
information from each sentence.
In 'A Vendetta' tension is created through the behaviour of the main
character. The story says that 'she went to confession and received
the sacrament', she does this just before she is going to kill
someone, this creates tension because it seems strange behaviour for
someone who is just about to murder someone. She also dresses in man's
clothes, this also seems strange because it makes you wonder what she
is doing and why she isn't wearing her own clothes. Also the story
tells us, 'The old woman returned home in the evening. That night she
slept soundly.' This too creates tension because you wonder how she
can sleep when she has just killed someone and you therefore feel
The colours used by Guy de Maupassant in 'A Vendetta' create tension
too because colours such as black and brown are used. These colours
are dark and traditionally associated with death and evil. This
creates tension because it makes the reader feel uneasy and wonder
what plan the woman will concoct and if it will be evil.
During 'A Vendetta' information is revealed gradually. For instance
you don't fully understand the woman's plan until the end. This crates
tension because it keeps the reader in suspense and wondering what
will happen. They are also not entirely sure what she is doing