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The Whole Town's Sleeping And Terribly Strange Bed

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The Whole Town's Sleeping and Terribly Strange Bed

In this essay I will be comparing two (2) short stories 'The Whole
Town's sleeping' by Ray Bradbury (1950) and 'A Terribly Strange Bed'
by Wilkie Collins (1856). Both stories are about fear and they make us
feel fear or are supposed to; they make the reader scared or
frightened. Both stories have the same purpose, which is so scare the
reader. I am going to compare the way Ray Bradbury and Wilkie Collins
create tension, suspense, mood and tone.

In the first few lines of 'The Whole Town's Sleeping', the author
describes the setting for the story, "the little town was deep far
away from everything, kept to itself by a river and a forest and a
ravine", but before that he mentions that it is nighttime. Both
stories are set at nighttime. This is because if it were set in the
daytime it simply wouldn't be scary. The whole town wouldn't be
sleeping and the narrator wouldn't need a terribly strange bed to
sleep in. Collins has a different approach for the beginning of 'A
Terribly Strange Bed', he describes the characters and what they were
doing, which gives a different impression of the story, it doesn't
seem like a scary story at first, because there's no obvious signs
like in 'The Whole Town's Sleeping'.

Ray Bradbury uses recreation to create interest to the story "In the
downtown drugstore, fans whispered in the high ceiling air" He also
use metaphors and similes such as "There were two moons: a clock moon
with four faces" while 'A Terribly Strange Bed' doesn't have any
recreation, metaphors or similes in its opening but still manages to
maintain interest.

Mood and tone are very important in both stories. Using certain
adjectives, like "warm summer night", "deep far away", "kept to
itself, scorched", "solemn black courthouse", "dark east" and
"invisible people", creates this mood and tone in 'The Whole Town's
Sleeping'. 'A Terribly Strange Bed', however is different, as the
author seems to create a different mood and tone in the openings to
the story. He uses words like "rather a wild life", "delightful city
of our sojourn", "idling about", "and splendid city". In 'A Terribly
Strange Bed' the city in which the story is set, is praised in the
story, although not really mentioned much "delightful city of our
sojourn" it doesn't seem to play a large part in the story and doesn't
seem to be anything special. However in 'The Whole Town's sleeping',
quite the opposite is the case, the first two paragraphs (half the
page) are all about the setting and this is very important to the mood
and tone of the story without it, you might not believe that a madman
could run around killing people for months without being caught.

Tension and Suspense are also very important in...

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