The clouded mystery behind a novel’s meaning often makes the work more enjoyable to read. In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, there is a mysterious aura which defines every aspect of the story. When understanding the story, the reader cannot look at Weathering Heights simply as a home, but as a necessary and unshakable part of life for the main characters. Critics argue many different theories regarding Weathering Heights and what its central theme is supposed to be interpreted as. Although the critics hold different interpretations of the novel, they all agree on the simple fact that deceit and deception both hold key roles within the story.
Christie embodies this description with her idealistic style of writing that is seen throughout all of her novels. She redefines the standard for mystery novels, and in doing so, she sets a degree of excellence that novels in the mystery genre are expected to meet. Her novel, And Then There Were None, is a prime example where the author conceals the killer’s identity for the entirety of the book, only revealing the miscreant’s motive at the very end of the book (Christie). This abnegation to hint at the culprit keeps the reader entertained and occupied with solving the mystery. She succeeds in this writing style by concealing the killer’s motive and, therefore, hiding the killer’s identity.
Conversely, there are lot of differences between the two; M.R James chose to have a passive spectre while Susan Hill's story contains a vengeful, dangerous ghost. On the whole, they are two very effective ghost stories that employ several writing techniques to add effectiveness to the plot. Comparative [Social/Cultural/Historical] M. R. James: Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad  Susan Hill: The Woman In Black 
Through the way in which Day portrays the protagonist, Claudia Valentine, she challenges the stereotypes and ideas set in the readers' minds, in relation to gender issues. Day also succeeds to ruthlessly unmask the bare grit and grime of the cold hard truth, that is, organized crime in Sydney. "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" is a satirical ridicule of the traditional hard-boiled school crime novel. It complies with the basic characteristics of a piece of private-eye detective fiction; however Day has also incorporated a certain extent of irony into the story by choosing the main character/detective to be a woman. Claudia Valentine is not depicted as the typical useless female throwaway- either by being the victim or betrayer.
In the process of defending his sanity plea, the narrator has to confess about committing the crime. The confession in itself is self destructive if indeed he was a criminal who wanted to distance himself from the murder. Overall, Poe ‘s use of a subjective narrator, mysterious characters, and intricate plot heightens the tension of the tale, which makes the story a masterpiece of human psychological state that evokes empathy for the mad narrator. As the story progresses the sanity of the narrator becomes questionable. However, one cannot fail to recognize the characteristic unreliability of a first person narrator.
When it comes to romance they are the best types of heroes to use because they are the type of men most women dream of having. One author who did a tremendous job in following the guidelines of Byronic hero was Charles Bronte in the novel Jane Eyre with the character Mr. Rochester. Rochester was a wanderer and was cursed with a sin he was forced to hide. Rochester enjoyed wandering about and was at many times away from Thornfeild, touring around the world. Mrs. Fairfax once said that she would not be surprised if Rochester had just went directly to London.
Agatha Christie has deceived her readers on purpose to present more plentiful probabilities for a conclusion. “No job is trickier or more critical than inventing ostensibly fair misdirection—that is, preserving some connection with plausibility while making many characters suspect. She (Agatha Christie) has perfected it.” (Wagoner, 2) Her skill has made her the most popular mystery author and now has over two billion books in print. She has also achieved Britain’s highest honor when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. And then there were None (Ten Little Indians) is the most popular novel written by Agatha Christie and is considered, by many, the greatest mystery novel ever written.
Agatha Christies novel “And Then There Were None” includes a vast variety of symbols that can be interpreted to enhance the mystery novel experience. Christie has been regarded as one of the greatest mystery writers of our age, as she is able to deceive the readers mind into thinking something means something else. Symbolism as a whole can have a huge affect on the readers perception of the work of literature. A symbol can create a sense of unawareness or it can be used to trigger the reader into seeing the ultimate meaning of something. Throughout the novel, Christie uses symbolism to entice different feelings in the readers head in order to create a mysterious feeling to the reader.
“A woman is a foreign land, of which, though there he settle young, A man will ne'er quite understand . . .” Patmore- “The Foreign Land” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is much more than another installment of the much beloved detective Sherlock Holmes using his amazing deductive reasoning to solve a case. It is also a way to examine the accepted practice of degradation of woman and the xenophobic attitudes that were prevalent in Victorian England. The importance of this examination is its relevance to understanding the attitudes and practices not only accepted but expected during the Victorian Era.
With Reference to Collins A Terribly Strange Bed and Conan Doyle's Speckled Band, Discuss How Both Authors Create Mystery and Tension. Although these short stories are fictional and were written in the mid 19th Century they are crime dramas containing stereotypical images of the villains of the time. These include social outcasts such as Dr Roylott and Monsieur Faulkner. Many writers use suspense in their stories in order to excite the reader more and to make them want to turn over to the next page. This is can be done by giving the reader some information, but not enough for him or he to be able to answer the mystery or riddle that they may be trying to solve.