The Red Room And The Cone By H.G. Wells

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The Red Room and The Cone by H.G. Wells

Both stories are Gothic mystery stories and were written around the
late eighteenth century to the early nineteenth century. These sorts
of stories usually have a setting of a dark, abandoned and scary
place.

The Red Room is about a young man who visits a castle and feels he
must spend a night in a mysterious room that is suspected to be
haunted. The Cone is about a woman having an affair with a man called
Raut. The story is based around the husband who is called Horrocks
seeing Raut with his wife. However it is not known whether or not
Horrocks knows if his wife is having an affair with Raut.

The opening of all three stories start with dialogue and immediately
help to create tension. For example, in The Cone it begins with 'He
does not suspect?' By starting with this, then describing how the man
says it in a nervous manner, it creates tension because it immediately
alerts the reader that the man is nervous, but the reader does not
know what about.

The Red Room also uses this same technique. Again for example the old
women in the room keeps on repeating 'this night of all nights' up to
three times. This makes you think that the main character has just
picked the worst night of all nights to spend an evening sleeping in
the red room. Also one of the old men keeps saying 'this is your own
choosing' makes us feel that the man knows what is in there, but wants
no responsibility in the decision he makes.

Both these lines of dialogue open up certain questions, or bring to
mind a certain idea of uncertainty, which again is another way to
create suspense for the reader. By using this kind of dialogue it
raises questions that may or may not be answered during the rest of
the story, whilst also intriguing the reader at the same time.

The description of characters in each book is a main point in creating
and maintaining tension. This is because it gives the reader an idea
of the person so they can visualise it for themselves, but at the same
time doesn't give the reader enough information which therefore makes
the reader feel more involved in the book. For example, in The Cone it
reads 'a silent grey, shadowy figure.' This description is vague and
so it doesn't give the reader a clear picture of the character, and
therefore, this again creates tension because of the lack of
description.

In the case of 'The Red Room' there is also a description of a man
that possesses a 'withered arm.' This is an uncommon feature in any
person, even one as old as the one mentioned in the story. The reader
would think that there must have been a reason why this old man has
this feature and because the reason has not been explained to the
reader, he or she will be compelled to read on to find out how the old
man achieved this withered arm.

Also I believe that the descriptions of major characters and settings
would add to the tension and suspense as well. This is because in
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