Atmosphere Of Mystery Essays

  • The House of Seven Gables as a Gothic Novel

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    which center on the ideas of gloom, horror, and mystery. The action of a Gothic novel takes place in a "run-down, abandoned or occupied, mansion or castle," which often include secret passages, doors, and compartments (Encarta). The mansion also adds its own flavor and variety to the atmosphere of mystery and suspense in the novel by providing a dark and gloomy setting where the story takes place. The basis of mystery and suspense in the atmosphere of the novel feeds off of "an unexplained or

  • Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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    purpose of his interpretation. "The Most Dangerous Game'; by Richard Connell presents literary devices such as foreshadowing, setting, and irony which reveal the underlying meaning of the story. Connell's use of foreshadowing creates an atmosphere of mystery and a hesitant feeling of not knowing what events will occur. For instance, Zaroff "has ceased [hunting]'; because all the animals "had become too easy'; to chase; but one animal has a certain characteristic of being "able to reason'; which

  • Mood, Atmosphere and Place in The Return of the Native

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    Mood, Atmosphere and Place in The Return of the Native Throughout The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy is very successful in creating mood and atmosphere.  Some scenes are so descriptive that a very clear mental picture can be formed by the reader, causing a distinct sense of place.  It seems that through his words, Hardy is submerging the readers into his story letting us take part only as an onlooker.  It is at the beginning that the strongest mood, the heaviest atmosphere and the most obvious

  • The Atmosphere of Mystery and Fear in The Speckled Band and The Signalman

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    The Atmosphere of Mystery and Fear in The Speckled Band and The Signalman 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Signalman' use language in different ways to make an atmosphere of mystery and fear. These two stories are of a different genre, 'The Speckled Band' is a detective mystery, one of the first of its kind and 'The Signalman' is a supernatural story, yet they are similar as they are both pieces of pre 1914 pros. One of the similarities of both these stories is that the stories are both in

  • An Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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    An Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde During the Nineteenth century, horror stories were getting more popular than ever. Several distinctive horror stories, like Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are still known today. These stories were not set in busy countries, but written as happening in Transylvania, Switzerland, the Arctic, and other far away and little known countries. The setting links to some peculiar characteristics

  • How Arthur Conan Doyle Creates an Atmosphere of Mystery and Builds Suspense in The Speckled Band

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    How Arthur Conan Doyle Creates an Atmosphere of Mystery and Builds Suspense in The Speckled Band In many of Holmes' adventures, Conan Doyle used a successful personal formula to create mystery and build suspense, and "The Speckled Band" is no exception. Watson begins the story by stating that he cannot recall any case that represented more 'singular features' than that of the one he is about to narrate. Despite this rather impressive beginning, analysis of the other adventures reveals

  • A Sense of Atmosphere in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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    A Sense of Atmosphere in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde Introduction: The tension and suspense in the novel begins with the title, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It makes you want to know what the strange case was and how it affected the characters. One day, Utterson was out walking with the town distant kinsman Mr. Enfield when they passed a house Mr.Enfield tells Mr Utterson a strange case about the house. Description of the house makes reader feel mysterious

  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (1892),

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    (1864). All of these are mystery stories How do the writers try to create excitement, mystery and suspense? Which of the stories you have read was the most successful and why? I have chosen to write about three stories – ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (1892), ‘The Ostler’ by Wilkie Collins (1855), and ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens (1864). All of these are mystery stories that have been written in a similar way, with classic ‘mystery and suspense’ techniques

  • The Use Setting to Help Create Mystery in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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    How does Doyle use setting to help create mystery in The Hound of the Baskervilles? Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859. He died in 1893. His first book he published was when he was still a student. In 1885 he married Louise Hawkins. Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in a short novel called "A Study in Scarlet" which was printed in 1887. He continues to write thrilling stories until he realised he wanted to be known not just for Sherlock Holmes but wanted to

  • What Is The Connection Between Mystery And Gothic

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    According to the definitions, mystery is a strong feeling caused by something unknown, unreal and frightening. Now, when it is clear what mystery, horror, Gothic novel and Gothic fiction are, it can be stated that all they are closely connected and Gothic novel includes both mystery and horror. If vampire fiction is studied like a part of Gothic novel than it is clear that Vampire fiction should contain some atmosphere of mystery and horror too. Through the reading different works of the vampire

  • H.G. Wells: ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Cone’

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    author of the two stories, HG Wells, uses a number of techniques to create this mood and atmosphere to keep his readers interested. HG Wells immediately creates an air of mystery from the outset of ‘The Red Room’ when he introduces the ‘man with the withered arm’. This grotesque description of the man’s features, combined with his ambiguity due to having no name given to him, helps create this air of mystery and suspense. The term ‘tangible ghost’ helps create suspense too, as you normally associate

  • Gothic Setting In Dracula

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    beings, and religion. The book Dracula is about a Count from Transylvania that goes to London in search of new victims and a group of Victorian citizens who end up defeating him and his evil ways. The use of setting and atmosphere in Dracula is filled with a world full of mystery and fear. Bram Stoker manages to capture the Gothic element with his use of castles, symbols, and isolated setting. The Gothic name developed because the novel's setting had been usually in Gothic architecture such as castles

  • Examples Of Decay In The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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    into many different types of writing. But, Gothic literature is a prime genre for this novel because of the atmosphere of decay; the mysterious, sin, crime, guilt, and secrets of the novel; and, lastly, the woman with a threatening atmosphere. All of these points refer to The Hound of the Baskervilles as one example of Gothic literature. The first example of Gothic literature is the atmosphere of decay. Not too far from the moor is a prison, which a convict seems to have escaped from. This adds even

  • The Genre of Mystery in The Signalman and the Monkeys Paw

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    How do dickens and jacobs use the genre of mystery in the signalman and the monkeys paw? To answer the question, I believe that the authors of The Signalman and The Monkey's Paw use the genres of mystery very well. I am going to explain why I think that in the following essay. The first idea that I am going to look at is the role of fate. We see this take place in both stories, but in slightly different ways. In The Monkey's Paw, we see fate take on a large role, as the story is about

  • How Does Arthur Conan Doyle Create Suspense In Sherlock Holmes And The Speckled Band

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    written. Each story has its own distinctive style when creating both tension and an atmosphere of suspense. "The Speckled Band" has a sense of urgency about it, yet manages to build up suspense until the climax of the story. "I have reasons to know....which tend to make the matter even more terrible than the truth." This quote, found in the first paragraph, immediately begins creating an atmosphere for the story, and intriguing the reader as to what the narrator (Dr. Watson) is talking

  • Engaging the Readers Interest and Imagination in The Speckled Band

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    throughout. I decided to write about it because I thought that it was very cleverly written and because the characters were very intriguing and entertaining. The story is about a woman who goes to Holmes for help, and she asks him to solve the mystery of her sister’s death. Holmes accepts and starts to work straight away. He finds out that it was Dr. Roylott who committed the murder, so that she would not get married and inherit some of his fortune that her mother had promised each girl when

  • The Ways in Which Wilkie Collins Builds Up a Sense of Mystery and Suspense in His Short Stories

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    The Ways in Which Wilkie Collins Builds Up a Sense of Mystery and Suspense in His Short Stories In this essay I will examine the ways in which Wilkie Collins builds up mystery in suspense in three stories; 'A Terribly Strange Bed', 'The Black Cottage' and 'The Ostler'. I will closely compare these stories in four sections; language for description, characterisation, sentence structure and overall structure, using suitable evidence from the text to support these ideas. ================

  • How Does Arthur Conan Doyle Create Suspense In The Speckled Band

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    How does Arthur Conan Doyle create an atmosphere of mystery and build suspense in The Speckled Band? To what extent are his methods typical of all the other stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes? The story ‘The speckled band’ was written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1982 and is one of the many stories in the large Sherlock Holmes series of stories. As known the stories are based on inquiries and investigations, because of course Sherlock Holmes is an investigator, this in itself gives

  • Comparison of The Judges House versus The Signalman

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    I think that mystery stories are so popular with people today, and with the last couple of generations because they are so intriguing. The author tries to give the story an element of surprise and also put twists in the tails to keep the reader guessing. Rather than just watching a film it allows the reader to build up their own imagination and interpret the story in their own way. The author will also try to integrate a ghost or spirit into the story, whether it be physically there or just psychologically

  • Compare and contrast Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band.

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    Compare and contrast Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band. To what extent are they typical of murder mystery stories? In my opinion a typical murder mystery is one where it keeps you reading in anticipation wanting to know who has committed the well planed out murder, the whole way through. Until the end where the clever detective (who is usually quite an old man, dressed in a smart tweed suit) goes through one by one all of the suspects telling them exactly why they could have committed