How Does The Author Keep The Reader Gripped In "The Red Room" By H.G.Wells.

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In 'The Red Room' the author keeps the reader gripped by involving the reader with the narrator's moods, atmospheres and senses that they share with the reader as well as contrasting settings and including unexpected happenings or settings that are unknown to the reader. A first example of this is when the author writes " I caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness in the queer old mirror" This gives the image of the mirror being one of the many old things in the place and as the mirror distorts the narrator he looks ill-formed like the three strange characters causing the feeling that he's not much different from them and it's like the mirror sees through the narrator and shows his weaknesses that are similar the three strange characters weaknesses. When the author then writes "I heard the sound of the stick and a shambling step on the flags... and the door creaked on it's hinges" he's sharing sounds with the reader making the reader even more involved and gripped, also when the author writes the "the door creaked, it conveys an eerie noise even though it's described simply and causes tension amongst the reader.The author then writes that there is one man with a "withered arm", an "old woman...swayed from side to side" and another old man with "a single crutch", "bent","wrinkled", "eyes covered by a shade" and "constantly coughs and splutters". This all shows the image of three grotesque and distorted old people, this portrays a feeling of the people being weird with death amongst them. The narrator also seems uncomfortable with them as the sense of death, decay, as well as a morbid feel that's unpleasant and gives the narrator an awkward feeling. When the author then writes "this haunted room of yours... is "the red room" It informs the reader that there is something supernatural and portrays a feeling of unexpected happenings and the colour in a Victorian view signals hell, evil and blood making the story seem even more creepy and again cleverly grips the reader. The author then writes the way to the red room by writing "along the passage...come to a door... a spiral staircase... a landing... another door... long corridor... up the steps", this is all very complicated making the reader feel lost as they can't possibly remember all directions and may feel unsafe. It also shows how big and complicated the layout of the castle is so if anything unpleasant or horrible happened the narrator can't just run out the castle but has to find his way out of the castle causing fear for the narrator by the reader making the reader more involved and makes them want to read on.When the author writes "I walked down the chilly, echoing passage" it involves the reader once again by using sound and thermal images causing the reader to almost feel those expressions themselves. When the author then writes "the ornaments and the conveniences of the room...were ghostly, the thoughts of vanished men" and "not the world of today"...

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