The Red Room uses imagery to hook the reader. Similarly, H.G Wells uses ‘The’ as the definite article to make this story seem unique. Red is a colour associated with danger and blood and alerts the reader that treacherous times may lay ahead in the story. The word ‘Room’ in the title may seem to have little importance; however this describes the setting and leaves the reader in suspense, it also suggests that it is isolated,... ... middle of paper ... ... him sound superior. His perception upon different situations shows his disbelief in ghosts, “I left the door wide open… and then I shut them in”.
He comes across three multifarious, 'grotesque custodians' who try to persuade him not to go into the supposedly haunted room. He does so, however, and experiences tremendous shock, trepidation and qualms. This essay will examine this to see how far it is a typical ghost story and how far it is not typical by looking at such features as setting, plot, characters and language. ' The Red Room' is set in Lorraine Castles in the early 19th centaury. In this story, the setting is quite appropriate to the theme as it quite gothic.
This links directly to the Gothic genre, drawing attention to the allegedly haunted ‘Red Room’. Similarly in the first sentence attention is instantaneously grasped ‘It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’, making a ghost feel almost tangible to the reader as well as leaving them asking questions, especially as the story develops and centres around an unnamed protagonist. This is equally important because the ‘Red Room’ is written in first person, which makes the story more personal and makes the reader feel a direct connection with this unknown narrator. It seems only knowing one viewpoint restricts the reader's knowledge and therefore many key details are omitted resulting in an element of ambiguity. Initially Wells raises the suspense level through introducing the reader to the personalities of the three ‘ancient’ and ‘grotesque custodians’.
‘That it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’, shows a conflict between the superstitious and the sceptical. This builds up tension as we know that in most gothic stories, the sceptical are usually the ones to get punished. The narrator is mocking these other characters, which builds suspense as we know that in the end it will be he that will be hurt. Another way in which the writer builds up tension and suspense is by writing the story in first person. This makes us feel emotionally drawn to the character.
The Effectiveness of The Signalman as a Ghost Story This story utilizes a lot of horror and uses it in conjunction with mystery to move the plot along and keep the reader on the edge of their seat. When the author incorporates the horror into the story, not only is he keeping the reader puzzled, but he is also making the reader afraid. When an author can make the reader feel like this, then the elements of the story have been used effectively. The reader's feelings are a measure of how effective the author has been in using horror, mystery or any other elements. I will refer closely to two moments in the story perhaps indicating how effective "the signalman" is as a ghost story.
These two stories however do not fulfil the stereotypical expectations of a typical ‘scary story’; one of them examines psychological fear and the thoughts in the mind of a victim, the internal feelings of horror and fear. The other is a cold, dark horror in which we are separated from the main character by use of the third person. ‘The Red Room’ by H.G.Wells is very effective in setting up a structure to create and sustain suspense. The story opens with a word from the narrator, ‘I can assure you that it will take a very tangible ghost story to frighten me’. From the first paragraph we can make an instant assumption about the main character (the narrator).
This is an effective method, as it maintains suspense throughout the story. In ‘The Signalman’, the story is also written in the first person narrative, except with the narrator being an unnamed person. This ‘... ... middle of paper ... ...about ghosts and the after life, which suggests they are a lot more sceptical towards it. To conclude, I think that each story has a very strong and emotional line of events which is very effective to all readers; especially to the Victorians. Also I would think that they saw the two stories as more of a scary horror book which contained recent worries and events which they could personally relate to.
He is initially presented as supercilious; this is implied when he says, ‘I Can assure you… it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’. As we travel deeper into the story we find out that he becomes frightened of the Red Room. In conclusion both stories share similarities and differences in some ways. They both are mysterious stories; ‘The Man with the Twisted lip’ involves a mysterious crime case and ‘The Red Room’ involves a mysterious case which has ghostly contents. Both would appeal to a Victorian audience.
“… It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.” So we already have talk of ghosts in only the first line! As the narrator begins his journey to the red room more tension is created. “… and my candle flared and made the shadows cower a quiver, the echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase…” so we have shadows cowering and quivering which is exactly what people do when they are frightend, the shadows are also being personified which could be a representation of the narrator’s fear. The author uses shadows again to create tension when he is on his way to the red room. “… and as a shadow came sweeping up after me…” so we feel that the narrator is being chased up the staircase by something perhaps not of this worl... ... middle of paper ... ...king him and this could result in something happening to him.
Though both genres will frighten the audience, it will happen in two different ways. Whether the horror thrills or the thriller horrifies, a scare is always incorporated. Horror movies attempt to make the audience experience fear, dread, disgust or terror. The plots often involve the supernatural and fantasy world giving the audience the reassurance that what is being seen is not truly existing. Horror movie plots are often than not, predictable.