create tension and an atmosphere of fear?
In this essay I will be discussing a number of things. Firstly, I will
be discussing what Gothic writing is and then I will move the
discussion towards the subject, which my essay consists of, 'in the
novels "The Red Room" and "The Signalman" how do the authors create
tension and an atmosphere of fear?'
Gothic writing is a style of writing, which was extremely popular in
the nineteenth century. It is a story set with the theme of horror in
a supernatural way. All gothic writers followed the same concept when
writing a novel. They all consisted of a large, dark, abandoned place
(for example a castle or mansion) where a man of the modern age would
encounter many 'supernatural' obstacles (for example a ghost or
spectre). The character would never die for the story was told in a
first person perspective (which is when the story is told from his
point of view) and therefore when he dies, the story dies with him.
If we were to look at "The Red Room" (written by H G Wells) you will
notice that it is written in Gothic writing. All of the
characteristics of a Gothic story (which I mentioned before) are
If you were to go to the opening of the story you would see that
tension is starting to build even from the foundations of the tale.
The author opens with the modern man saying, "'I can assure you', said
I, 'that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me'". This
sentence raises a few questions in your mind such as "why does the
author start with this sentence for it is a very peculiar one indeed?'
and 'is this sentence foreseeing the future?' The sente...
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...hout the story it has been a proper noun but now is just a noun.
The author also says the word "bed" repeatedly. This word could be
associated with rest, which fits in with the story because of the
At the end of the ending there is a short conclusion to the story.
This is here to "wrap up " the story. It gives a perfect conclusion to
the supernatural problems earlier approached.
In conclusion to the question, "how do the authors use language to
create suspense and an atmosphere of fear?" I give the answer that
these stories are alike. They both have mainly the same structure,
they both use the same techniques and they both follow the same rules
because they are both Gothic stories so therefore share mainly the
same concepts. Both authors use language and any other technique
mentioned to build tension. Overall, they are both alike.
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