Dickens' anonymous characters of the narrator and the signalman keep the readers on edge in 'The Signalman,' whereas Sandra's naivety, Kerry's suspicious nature and Mrs Rutter's seeming innocence then the abrupt exposure of true character build up tension and surprise in 'The Darkness Out There.' Dickens' compacted plot works well to hold the reader's attention and the build up to Lively's final climax keeps her audience hooked to the end. On the whole both authors use events of their time well to create suspense. I feel that although Dickens appears to do this more effectively, the seeming normality yet the sense of unease about 'The Darkness Out There' creates just as much tension.
And in which they use long and short sentences to build up the tension and atmosphere before the ending. Whilst studying the two books I have realise that to write a successful horror story you have to use all of the techniques and in my opinion the most important technique is descriptive language. When describing, you have to use powerful and meaningful words to give a clear visual picture and so the reader is reacting to the descriptions. I feel that if you have good descriptions then everything else will follow and if you draw the reader’s emotions in to the book then they will be more scared after the ending scare factor.
Mostly, this type of technique employed by Kundera leads to a different perception of the narrator. He gains power by interrupting the narration with his opinions, controlling the presence of the characters, his authoritarian voice and so on. The author has influence in the reading experience. The reader can drastically change his experience by getting to know the author and feeling his unwanted presence in the novel. Furthermore, Kundera’s work in the narrative is constantly analyzed and questioned from a philosophical point of view (Corbett 1).
The suspense in the story was created like a pyramid having 3 layers. The foundation was created by the expert detailing of the setting which makes the reader feel involved. The middle layer was made the dialogue of the characters which accelerated the suspense of the text. The last piece of the suspense of the story the top of the pyramid was created by, the plot the way in which the author uses the suspense in the story and emotion to create a feeling of uncertainty. These factors cause the reader to be left guessing at every turn Saki created a sense of anticipation or worry that Saki makes the reader
'The Signalman' is a lot slower than 'The Red Room' that jumps right into the excitement and suspense. Although the technique Dickens used also creates suspense because he makes the reader want to read on from the beginning to know the answers to enquiries created at the beginning of the story. In conclusion, I feel that suspense is mainly created through the dark and scary settings, awkwardness of the characters and the descriptions of the nerve wrecking situations that excite readers a lot. I think that 'The Signalman' is the most suspenseful story because 'The Red Room' is more exciting and thrilling than suspenseful and 'The Signalman' again I mention has so many questions that even people who finish the story still can't answer like how we are not sure whether or not the spectre actually exists or was it a vision.
Compare how mystery and suspence and created in The Signalman and The Monkey's Paw-which text do you think is most effective and why? The uses of imagery and diction contribute to the mystery and suspense in a story. Whereas in motion pictures mystery and suspense are potrayed using other factors such as sounds, visual effects and other components that the viewer may understand that the characters dont. This builds up a lot of tension for the viewer because they feel the need to inform the character in the scene. Each story uses mystery and suspense and conveys them in differant ways.
This ambiguity creates a mysterious mood as the reader is unaware of whom these people are. His use of words such as ‘nervously’ and ‘whisper’ gives a suggestion that something is going to happen and creates a nervous expectation and suspense within the reader. Both short stories are part of the ‘Gothic’ genre and HG Wells heavily emphasises horror and mystery throughout the two stories to create a tense and suspenseful atmosphere. One way he creates this kind of atmosphere is through his physical descriptions of both the location and the characters. In ‘The Red Room’ he describes how ‘the grand staircase picked out everything in vivid black shadow or silvery il... ... middle of paper ... ...shment, which helps to add suspense, ‘Blood-red vapour as red and hot as sin’.
In both stories, the opening sentence grabs the reader’s attention and makes the reader want to read on. ‘’The Monkey’s Paw’’ first sentence contained words like ‘’night’’, ‘’cold’’ and ‘’wet’’ and ‘’The Red Room’’ opening sentence was: ‘’ it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me’’, both of these make the reader feel eager to read on. However, tension is built in different patterns in these two stories; ‘’The Monkey’s Paw’’ has tension rising and lowering and ‘’The Red Room’’ has tension rising steadily to reach a climax at the end.
First, Poe reveals the protagonist's confused consciousness and dramatic thoughts from the point of view and contrast between the background. According to the author of Poe and Gothic Creativity, the first-person narrator has a dramatic effect because it has a high level of immersion among readers. This point of view persuasively conveys the conflict because the reader can grasp the inner mentality of the main character, but the limited view of the description often expresses psychological instability. In other words, there can be an ironic distance between reader and narrator (Lima 24). The narrator of The Cask of Amontillado mentions that Fortunato was simply insulting him about crimes committed 50 years ago.
The signalman’s actions create ambiguity, which is successful to create the overall suspense. Both the writers use conflict to create suspense, for example in the signalman, the narrator and the signalman seem to show a sense of conflict. For example the narrator presence, seems to astonish the signalman. The signalman says” before he stirred I was near enough to him to have touched him, not even then removing his eyes from mine, he stepped back one step and lifted his hand” the signalman is implying that he is uncomfortable with the narrator. Even the narrator notices the weird behaviour that is displayed by the signalman he says, “You look at me, I said forcing a smile, as if you dread me”.