How is sympathy and fear fear created for Arthur in "the woman in black"

Topics: First-person narrative, First person, Feeling Pages: 2 (766 words) Published: October 19, 2014
Sympathy and fear are created in many ways in the novel ‘The Woman in Black',hill does this using many language devices such as first person narrative and pathetic fallacy. There are many examples of sympathy throughout the book for example we feel sympathy for Arthur when he says 'I could not after all retreat to Crythin Gifford' as it suggest he is trapped in place he does not want to be feeling isolated,lonely and being held against his will, almost as if he is in a nightmare and he can't wake up. There is also a lot of fear created throughout the novel such as when mr Sam Dailey says 'when ever she has been seen' ‘In some violent or dreadful circumstance, a child has died.’ This makes us feel fear for Arthur as no one has yet to die which suggests something bad is going to happen and Arthur may be harmed.

We feel sympathy for Arthur because he feels uncomfortable within his own family and he feels as he can't share what he is going through and what he has gone through,with them. We know this because he feels un-belonging in his family which is shown to us when he says 'I began to feel set apart from them all, an outsider to their circle'. Hill makes us feel sympathy for him through the use of 1st person narrative by expressing a feeling we have all felt before. The language she uses suggests that Arthur doesn't belong with them and that he belongs somewhere else, she did this with use of the word 'outsider'. Another reason we feel sympathy for Arthur is because of all the pain he has to go to to finally be free of what happened in the past and that reliving what happened is 'the most agonising task' which suggests that this is the first grief he has ever experience and that he doesn't know how to handle what he is going through

A fear is created for Arthur by his blindness to the warnings given to him and the truths that have been told to him. This is done when he ignores the suspicious behaviour of everyone he mentions mrs Drablow too for example...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Fear Essay
  • Fear Essay
  • Essay on fear
  • fear Essay
  • fear Essay
  • Fear Essay
  • Fear Essay
  • Fear Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free