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Suspense In The Red Room Essay

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The Red Room’ written by a famous writer H.G Wells. He was a science fiction writer who lived in the Victorian times. People in the Victorian times believed in science and also believed everything they were told. I will be explaining genre, the structure, setting, language, imagery and atmosphere in order to create suspense.

The Red Room is based on a gothic horror story. This type of fiction existed in the late 18th and 19th centaury, gothic stories are mainly based inside big, dark, ruined castles or abbeys and featured mystery and horror, it would also feature ghost haunted rooms, secret stairways and underground passages which would create tense and drama. The Red Room has many gothic aspects such as a dark room in which weird, scary things happen. It is set in an old, derelict house with a haunted room, also it is said that it has secret passages, spiral staircases and darkness, as it is described as one of the old person when he is on his journey towards The Red Room; “you go along the passage for a bit” said he, “until you come to a door, and through that is a spiral staircase.” As the characters move around they describe the passages as ‘subterranean’ this suggests that they are long, narrow and steep passages which could also be compared to hills at night, this also suggests that there is darkness and it could be compared to a dark tomb, “The long, draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty, and my candle flared and made the shadows cower and quiver.” The long dark passages are described as chilly, deep-toned echoing passages, “The echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase, and a shadow came sweeping up after me.” This suggests that there is someone else’s shadow following him.

The story is structured to create suspense and to grab the reader’s attention. The writer starts right from the very beginning and goes on creating suspense, he describes the characters as deformed in some sort of way: “The man with the withered arm”, this suggests that his arm is not right and has something wrong with it. He describes them as something very gross, “I had scarce expected these grotesque custodians”, and he is also scared of them. He is not happy with the three weird people and he does he does not feel comfortable with them, “The three of them made me feel uncomfortable, with their gaunt silences, their bent carriage.” The old people in the house are described as ghostly figures “Their very existence was spectral; the cut of their clothing, fashions born in dead brains”, he also calls them ‘dead brains’ this suggests that they don’t know the proper meaning of fashion and it suggests they are dressed as something other than human. The story is told in first person so that we as the readers can have a good understanding of what the characters look like and how they talk e.t.c. “ The echoing of the stir and crackling of the fire was no sort of comfort me.” In the story the mention of ‘The Red Room’ is repeated this is so that it...

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