During the time of the 19th century that "The Monkey's Paw" and "The
Red Room" were written, many unusual events occurred and which could
not be answered or explained because science and human minds had not
developed enough to answer questions or prove any unusual events that
occurred. The society would try to come up with answers and
explanations to the paranormal events that occurred. In some cases,
they were able to come up with answers, which in our time we would
think are incorrect and idiotic because we all ready know the answers
to a lot of them. In addition, the society in the 19th century was
quite confident in believing that what ever they heard and the answers
they came up with had to be correct.
"The Monkeys Paw" which is written by W. W. Jacobs and "The Red Room"
which is written by H. G. Wells, both of these writers create tension
and suspense in their stories.
Within both 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' the same major
themes are magnified.
The reader can witness the events progressing in the story using vivid
imagery of sound as a major theme; however it is ironic that within
the story itself there is very little communication between the
characters. In a story where sound plays such a major role, each
character listens to each other with deaf ears. Hence tension is
created. As the reader witnesses in advance the lack of communication
which will be the down fall of the family. This is exponentially
magnified as the story progresses.
The weather plays a major role in foreboding the future events of the
story, "The beastlyâ€¦cold and wet" atmosphere contrasts the snu...
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...h as: 'darted to and fro' and 'made a
run for the door' along with a mixture of long, complex and short,
rushed sentences all magnify the speed of the story. This leads to one
final pinnacle when the narrator 'screamedâ€¦thrice,' showing us one
final time that he cannot cope with what he cannot explain and his
veneer of pragmatism and civilization has been ripped away from him.
Consequently when he wakes up in daylight the next morning in the
original room his tone changes from what it was at the beginning of
the tale. At the start we saw how his tone was confident and somewhat
patronising towards the custodians, almost challenging a 'tangible'
ghost. However the first thing he said the next morning is, "'Yes'
said I, 'the room is haunted." His accepting tone here contradicts
with his reluctant tone at the beginning.
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