Tension And Suspense In "The Red Room" H.G Wells

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The Red RoomSetting and historical influence -The author starts the story in an eerie room lit by the fireplace in which 3 withered custodians are gathered around. - This gives the impression that the room is quite cold.The fact it is set in a big mansion, back in the nineteenth century, that is owned by 3 old custodians, already adds mystery as he makes them out to be very grotesque.The house is very old and derelict, not homey at allIt has many dark, long passages and spiral staircases, like on the journey to the Red Room.The use of the word 'subterranean' suggests there's a room underground that is very dark, enclosed and creepy.".. and the door creaked on it's hinges as a second old man entered" - It is typical for any mystery house to have creaky doors to add a dramatic and tense effect to who or what is entering or moving.Once the narrator receives directions, he heads for the door, "As I did so, the old man with the shade rose and staggered around the table, so as to be closer to the others and to the fire. At the door I turned to look at them and saw they were all close together, dark against the firelight, staring at me over their shoulders, with an intent expression on their ancient faces". - What the narrator says describes the custodians and the room itself. The people are crouched over a fire as they conspire almost, as he walked out of the room. As he's doing so, the narrator almost seems scared of being in complete darkness. "I left the door wide open until the candle was well alight and then I shut them in and walked down the chilly, echoing passage".How he keeps you engaged -Mystery is added to the custodians as the author leaves them anonymous throughout the whole story, he starts the story in a conversation, so this keeps you reading so you know what they're talking about. It's then engaging that the topic happens to be the supernatural, which people find to be thrilling.All we know about the custodians is their creepy image, they're constantly referred to in a malformed manner.They hint to the narrator that it may be the wrong time to go, the repeated use of the phrases "It's your own choosing" and "This night of all nights" make us wonder what they are trying to tell him, and whether they no what will happen to him.The author leaves us wondering if the narrator is the only person in the room, as he describes his experience of the Red Room. ".. and was either struck or struck myself against some other bulky furniture", this suggests that the narrator wasn't too sure if it was his own actions or he wasn't wanted in the room, leaving us to question the supernatural.The fact he woke up to the 3 custodians and a bandaged head, makes you wonder how they knew something bad would happen to him if he went to the Red Room and why they came to check on him, as if they knew he was in danger, or even from previous events of the Red Room?Structure of the story -Straight away in the story, dramatic irony is used, "…it will take a...

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