Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Tension and Atmosphere in The Red Room by H.G.Wells, The Signalman by C
Tension and Atmosphere in The Red Room by H.G.Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and A Withered Arm by Thomas HardyTo investigate tension and atmosphere, I aim looked at three pre1900pieces- The Red Room H.G.Wells, The Signalman, Charles Dickens, &A Withered Arm Thomas Hardy. They use a variety of contrastingtechniques, each with their own individual style but achieving thesame overall effect. They centre on setting, description of characters& use of language.The Red Room is a account of a man on a quest to discover the truth aboutthe legend of The Red Room in Lorraine Castle, as the young mansfate unfolds the earreach are led with him, they feel his fear, hearhis thoughts and experience his terror. The Red Room has such amystery behind it, fear itself n archean leads him to his death. A talethat lacks transport and everything about it instils terror.The title of the story has a suggestive air, the word red makes theaudience think of blood, danger, and death, in The Signal Man, redis also the main focus colour for the same reasons but this time inthe form of the danger light in the mouth of the tunnel.H.G. Wells writes in the first person so the audience can follow whatis happening and believe they are there, I have lived The openingline sets the tone of the story, and the audience is filled withanticipation. The narrator is very confident, which is displayed or so immediately I can assure you, it will take a very tangibleghost to frighten me. The audience is then effectively led into anearly assumption that the narrator will be proved wrong, that therewill be a ghost, and it will, most certainly frighten him.The setting is described in clues hidden thr... ...oy it more. Therefore this raises questions in the audiences mind,if only he had gone straight there, he may of saved the poor manslife, if only, he had believed him. Finally, that it now lookedincredibly obscure that it was coincidence what the signalman hadimagined, the words, gesture and e ven the appearance of the traindriver that had cut him down. Pity is also a great factor in theconclusion it makes the story have a more memorable and sadatmosphere. Finally the way that the narrator, whom had written thestory after it had happened, finished of by giving the audience yetmore to think about, reminding us of its obscurities, unbelievablecoincidences and in turn reinforcing the mournful atmosphere.close at the mouth of the tunnel, I saw the appearance of a man,with his left sleeve crossways his eyes, passionately waving his rightarm.