How does the author keep the reader gripped in "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells.

Essay by vix1989High School, 10th gradeA+, September 2005

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In 'The Red Room' the author keeps the reader gripped by involving the reader with the narrator's moods, atmospheres and senses that they share with the reader as well as contrasting settings and including unexpected happenings or settings that are unknown to the reader. A first example of this is when the author writes " I caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness in the queer old mirror" This gives the image of the mirror being one of the many old things in the place and as the mirror distorts the narrator he looks ill-formed like the three strange characters causing the feeling that he's not much different from them and it's like the mirror sees through the narrator and shows his weaknesses that are similar the three strange characters weaknesses. When the author then writes "I heard the sound of the stick and a shambling step on the flags...

and the door creaked on it's hinges" he's sharing sounds with the reader making the reader even more involved and gripped, also when the author writes the "the door creaked, it conveys an eerie noise even though it's described simply and causes tension amongst the reader.

The author then writes that there is one man with a "withered arm", an "old woman...swayed from side to side" and another old man with "a single crutch", "bent","wrinkled", "eyes covered by a shade" and "constantly coughs and splutters". This all shows the image of three grotesque and distorted old people, this portrays a feeling of the people being weird with death amongst them. The narrator also seems uncomfortable with them as the sense of death, decay, as well as a morbid feel that's unpleasant and gives the narrator an awkward feeling. When the author then writes...