The Red Room

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There are many ways in which we can create tension whilst writing a story. Some of the techniques used to create tension whilst writing a story are: short sentences, dialogue, using verbs to describe what the characters are doing in the story. Another way of creating tension in a story is using descriptive words. H.G Wills uses many of these techniques whilst writing ‘The Red Room’, I will be listing these techniques and explaining their effects during this essay. The title ‘The Red Room’ gives the story a scary image immediately. The word ‘The’ gives the impression that this room is unique which makes the story tense from the beginning because it makes the readers think why is it called ‘The red room’ rather than ‘A red room’. The alliteration in the title also gives it tension because of the word ‘Red’ which is the colour we usually associate with blood. Tension is immediately created at the beginning of the story because there is dialogue used at the beginning. ‘I can assure you,’ said I. ‘that it will atke a very tangible ghost to frighten me.’ And I stood up before the fire with the glass in my hand.’ This is where the tension is created at the beginning of the story because the story begins in mid-conversation which gives the story a sense of mystery. ‘It’s your own choosing,’ said the man with the withered arm, and glanced at me askance.’ The character in this sentence ‘the man with the withered arm’ also creates a sense of mystery because it makes us think that the man could have withered his arm in ‘the red room’. The dialogue also creates tension and a sense of mystery because it makes us want to know more about what they are talknig about and makes us want to hear the beginning of the conversatin to make it more clear. ‘The old woman sat staring hard into the fire’ this line creates a sense of mystery and scariness because of the characters desctiption ‘The old woman’ this is another technique which we can create tension by using because it gives a...
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