Gothic Horror

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Monkey’s Paw is written by W. W. Jacobs. It is about a nuclear family called the White Family, whom consist of Mr White, who is husband to Mrs White, and Father to Herbert, his only child. The story commences, when the family are eagerly waiting for a guest. We later learn that the guest’s name is Sergeant-Major Morris. The Major is a traveller who goes around the world, and picks up souvenirs to bring back to show, and tell stories of. The Sergeant initiates the tragedy, which later devastates the White Family by giving them a ‘Monkeys Paw’, which is set to grant three wishes, yet not necessarily good ones.

Red room on the other hand is by H. G. Wells is a short story about a young man who believes very much in him self, and has gone... View More »

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Also the description that is given of the ‘Red Room’ itself, within an old castle down a long corridor, adds more mystery to the story. Nevertheless if that description created by the writer does not indeed create tension, then the legends, and stories the author informs to the reader, through a lecture being given to the main character in the story, ‘But if you go to the red room tonight’, should surely build the excitement, and interest within the reader.

The plot in both stories is quite different, and yet similar. In Monkey’s Paw the plot is basically like a typical three wishes story, yet has a twist, which the White family slowly start to understand. After the family has been excited, and made their first wish the internal workings of the audience are mostly relaxed yet on their toes, the writer makes the reader feel as if the following morning will be ordinary, ‘ There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness about the room which it had lacked on the previous night’. But the tension is then heightened, when a mysterious man turns up at the White’s house to inform of Herbert’s death, ‘Three times he paused at the gate, and then walked on again’, ‘She brought the stranger who seemed ill at ease into the room’.

In Red Room the plot begins near light and safety, ‘I stood up before the fire’. This shows that both stories start near some sort of protection, and warmth, and then the two writers start to build suspension in different ways so as if to not fully conceal the main consequence of the characters actions within the stories from the reader. Tension is built up ...

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