The Horror Genre In Stories Of Stevenson And Greene

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The Horror Genre in Stories of Stevenson and Greene

R.L Stevenson's 'The Body-Snatcher' and Graham Greene's 'The End Of
The party' are both short stories that are a part of the horror genre,
despite differing in many ways. Throughout this essay, I am going to
compare the differences and the similarities between the two horror
stories. I will assess the way the writers use certain aspects that
are part of the horror genre to make their story have an impact on the
reader and have the ability to captivate their reader and keep them
engrossed in the story. I will be focusing on specific areas within
each story including, setting, structure, atmosphere, suspense,
endings and also the different types of fear explored within each
story.

There are many qualities that are common amongst all horror stories,
which make the horror genre so popular. These specific components of
horror stories include things such as murders, with a clear motive,
and 'The Body-Snatcher' is no exception to this with many murders for
a clear purpose, which is to supply the medical school with bodies.
Tension and suspense are perhaps the most common generic elements in a
horror story. Both 'The Body-Snatcher' and 'The End Of The Party'
contain these elements in a very effective way which, build up to a
climax at the end of the story and have a significant impact on the
reader. Fear and phobias are commonly used in horror stories and 'The
End Of The Party' contains a main theme of a young boy's fear of the
dark. Darkness is also often used in horror stories and 'The
Body-snatcher' and 'The End Of The Party' both contain elements of
darkness, which create uneasiness and build up the reader's
apprehension and fear. Also elements of weather create the mood and
atmosphere and can create suspense. The use of isolated areas can be
associated with sinister goings on and can add again to the reader's
uneasiness and fear. Also innocent victims can make the reader feel
scared and more vulnerable, as it demonstrates that bad things can
happen to anyone. Twists in horror stories are very common and both
these horror stories contain different twists that can shock the
reader.

'The Body-Snatcher' is a more typical horror story containing many of
these things that I have mentioned. On the other hand, 'The End Of The
Party' differs to 'The Body-Snatcher', with it being more to do with
the mind and appearing quite everyday, and not containing as many of
the typical horror components. But both 'The Body-Snatcher' and 'The
End Of The Party' can be placed in the horror genre as they contain
the vital components that make a good horror story.

'The Body-Snatcher' is quite self-explanatory in the title and is
about body snatching. It begins "in the small parlour of the George at
Debenham" where we meet the main character,...

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