How Does Hg Wells Create Fear and Suspense in the

How Does Hg Wells Create Fear and Suspense in the

  • Submitted By: cnelson
  • Date Submitted: 05/24/2008 2:29 PM
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HG Wells conveys the experiences in the red room in many ways throughout the story. He is an English author and a political philosopher, most famous for his science fiction romances that variously depict alien invasion, terrifying future societies and transformed states of being. The story of the red room is written in first person, which suggests that the reader believes it is from personal experience. The `Red room' can be described as a gothic story, which means that it is written in the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century. A gothic story is a romantic fiction with its setting usually in a ruined gothic castle or abbey. A gothic novel emphasises mystery and horror and it is filled with ghost haunted rooms, underground passages, and secret stair ways. The scene in the red room is set in an old, derelict castle- Lorraine Castle in which a young duke has died. This setting already suggests a mystery and immediately contributes to suspense in the story. The meaning of fear is when one is afraid to face up to their phobia. HG Wells wrote the story in 1896 and the following essay will discuss the genre, the structure, the setting, the language used the atmosphere and also imagery.

The genre builds up a mount of tension in the story where the characters description of the house gives the impression that it is old and derelict. The old woman states, `and eight and twenty years you have lived and never seen the likes of this house.' This illustrates that the house is historic and it could also be decaying.

At the beginning of the story, the character of the narrator is open minded and sure of himself. He believes there are no ghosts. He is very cynical, which is shown when he refuses to believe what the three old pensioners tell him. The character says `I can assure you said I, that it will take a very tangible ghost to...

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