How the Authors Create a Feeling of Fear and Terror in The Ostler, The Red Room and The Superstitious Man's Story

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How the Authors Create a Feeling of Fear and Terror in The Ostler, The Red Room and The Superstitious Man's Story

In order to answer this question I read the relevant stories, i.e. 'The Ostler' by Wilkie Collins, 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Superstitious Man's Story' by Thomas Hardy in great detail. I will now attempt to compare the methods the authors have utilised to create the impact mentioned above. In order to see which one has been more effective in conveying fear and terror, suspense and the extraordinary, in my opinion. Furthermore, I will endeavour to point out the similarities and differences in tense, style and prose between the stories, using quotations where appropriate.
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This story is about one 'known' person, who already had earned a reputation for being rather creepy. However, it is linked to 'sir' who, by all accounts, was an existing legend. It was believed that, on Midsummer's Eve, 'the faint shapes of all the folk in the parish who are going to be at death's door within the year can be seen entering the church…..those who are doomed to die do not return.' The mentioning of the miller moth flying away from William's mouth implies his soul was released when he died, and he then went in search of his dead son, his only son, who 'had been drowned in that spring while at play there.' In this story there are three separate accounts by three different people merged together to culminate in an ending corroborating the existing legend in Longpuddle.

The narrator of 'The Red Room' commences by saying 'I can assure you that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' At the end of the story he has not changed his mind, in spite of his unpleasant experiences in the so called 'haunted room'. It is quite obvious, from the outset, that he is an educated man. He is a sceptical person, although he professes to have an open mind. Again, legend and a particular night have some great significance. The scene is set at the beginning when the narrator almost distances himself from

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