When people stay at haunted houses, they hear ghosts creeping at night, and banging noises on the walls. Ghosts are unbelievable creatures that live on the face of this planet. So people have actually heard the sounds of ghosts, which they get really afraid of. In conclusion, Ghosts should be taken seriously because they are among us in this world. Also they are interesting to investigate because it is nothing like humans.
However, Saki deliberately replaces the ghosts with a human character, who manipulates truths instead. Despite all the tropes, there was no ghost in the story actually. Vera, the lying human character decided to make up a story about her “dead” uncle and aunt’s brothers, who would walk through this large French window, which was always kept open (595). It was said, “Ro... ... middle of paper ... ...readers understand that ghost stories cannot be trusted. This is crucial because it is dangerous for readers to innocently believe in everything they see or read.
The governess is also quick to tell the housekeeper Mrs Grose “I am carried away quite easily. I was carried away in Londo... ... middle of paper ... ...ce was close and he let me kiss it” and her description of Miles saying “oh you know what a boy wants” are all unnecessary. The plot of the ghosts corrupting the children is what the governess’ tales is supposed to be about, just a ghost story. So adding in constant little sentences like these makes us question whether this is really a ghost story at all, or something more vindictive. The ambiguity of this novella shows that the ghosts cannot possibly be real and are a mere figure of the governess’ imagination.
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.
It is up to the reader to work out the story surrounding the unnatural presence-sometimes at the same time as the narrator if things are withheld from us. An atmosphere of unrest, either from the supernatural presence, or the discomfort from main characters, the narrator and even the reader is created. The setting creates an atmosphere of isolation and coldness. The emphasis on darkness and enclosure creates an atmosphere of unrest and confusion for the reader as well as the narrator. The atmosphere of ghostlin... ... middle of paper ... ...k" and the short story "The Signalman", as well as both being of the same genre, they also have other similarities.
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’.
Scrooge’s neighbours take things from him and even the curtains from his bed and shirt off his back. Dickens presents this ghost as a scary character unlike the first two ghosts because the purpose of Christmas Yet to Come is to scare Scrooge. It is vital for Scrooge to know what others think of him so he could change. The ghost is scary because it has the responsibility to make sure Scrooge would change as this is the last chance. Dickens’ purpose of writing the story is to remind people to help others and don’t be selfish.
How does Charles Dickens use the ghost story genre to provoke fear into both the Victorian & modern reader of The Signalman? Like many other authors, Charles Dickens wrote from his own life experiences. He wrote “The Signalman” due to a horrific incidence where the train derailed at a high speed and killed 10 people. However, when it came to his ghost stories, he drew inspiration from a great imagination because of his childhood where he lived in poverty and would have come into contact with some of life’s different and not always pleasant, characters. Normally ghost stories in that time, would have included monsters or ghosts and these were usually always “evil” whilst the characters were usually “good”.
They Hide Under Your Bed and in your head Monsters. They're the things from the stories that follow you home; they're hidden in your closet, under your bed, and they invade your head. They are scary and hideous, and evil; they haunt your waking hours, prevent you from sleeping, but most importantly, they reflect upon ourselves and our civilization. We have all read many books containing monsters, having been introduced to them from a very young age. Although the primary focus of those books were to teach us about fear and overcoming it, most of us just took in how scary and evil the monsters were, and from then on greatly feared them.