Pre-20th Century Prose: Short Story
“The Red Room” By HG Wells.
Task: How does the author create suspense in the story “The Red Room” by HG Wells?
We have just read the short story “The Red Room” by HG Wells witch immediately attracts my attention; it makes the reader think “what is the red room?” “why is it red?” most people associate the colour red with fear and danger, it makes the reader think “ Is this room dangerous?” This is an example of a pre- 20th century story in the genre of gothic horror. Gothic settings are usually dreary, and in creepy places to catch the readers attention and make suspense. This setting creates tension and suspense for the reader. The “Red Room” is set in a deserted castle that is dark and isolated, witch is inhabited by three strange old people. The old people who own this mysterious castle are referred to as “The man with a withered arm,” The old women.. Who sat staring hard into the fire with her pale eyes, wide open” and “The old man.. Who was more bent, more wrinkled, more aged than the first.” The author also says that the last old man “Supported himself by a single crutch, his eyes were covered by a shade, and his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth.” This gives me the impression that the three old people are deformed and grotesque , this makes the reader feel un-settled. The story keeps the reader in suspense with dramatic description, long and short sentences to slow things down and to intensify the fear of the supernatural. The central character of the story is a young man unnamed, who visit’s the mysterious castle to prove to himself there is no supernatural presences. This story is in first person, showing that the young man is talking about his own experience of the “Red Room.” In the beginning of the story tension is built with the silence of the room that they originally start off in. No one spoke and everyone waited for someone else to say...