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Comparing The Ways In Which Susan Hill And Thomas Hardy Present The Woman In Black And The Withered Arm

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Comparing the Ways in Which Susan Hill and Thomas Hardy Present the Woman in Black and the Withered Arm

Both the Woman in Black and the Withered Arm are well known pieces of
modern literature, and utilize both different and similar methods to
present a narrative of the supernatural. In this assessment of the two
books I will be considering the pace, tension, description, structure,
style, literature devices and the creative writing within the two
books. However throughout my evaluation of the two pieces I will take
into account the fact that although The Withered Arm and The Woman in
Black are both considered short stories rather than novels, their
lengths vary immensely. This may help account for some of the
differences but may also be a reflection of the author's preferred
style of writing, and therefore can be used to give us a better
insight into their reasons and motives behind every literal device.

Thomas Hardy, the author of The Withered Arm is probably one of the
most effective and to the point authors of his time. Every single
person, every single place and every single object in the book has a
point, whether it is an obvious point or a more vague and ambiguous
point. Therefore person, place and object create a very effective
example of the scenic code in The Withered Arm by Hardy. Hardy uses
his flair for being succinct and concise to not only decrease the
amount of words needed to tell the story, but to also increase the
amount of hidden and inconspicuous messages in the written and spoken
dialogue. This can explain the amount of detail in the book in
relation to the length of the story. The concealed details give
indications and suggestions into events further on. An example of this
is the hint surrounding the future of Rhoda's son. Hardy describes him
as playing with a knife, and returning from catching coneys, which
implies that at this time, his life involves crossing lines with the
law, and that his future will be linked with the law, crime and
punishment.

The Woman in Black's author Susan Hill employs a different style of
writing which is intentionally drawn out and long-winded then abrupt
and unexpected to embark the reader on a rollercoaster ride affair
within the book. It is filled with changes in pace, tension and
emotion that create dips, build ups, climactic peaks, and the eventual
and inevitable "hangover period" of the come down. The rollercoaster
ride within The Woman in Black is deliberate as to ensnare the
concentration of the reader, keep them on their toes and heighten
their awareness of the story. The dips occur during scenes unconcerned
of the supernatural, such as in the second chapter, where the
objective of the narrative at this point is simply to plot the way for
the supernatural to transpire. In this chapter concerning the
assigning of...

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