How Does Susan Hill Create Tension In The Woman In Black

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1051 Words Coursework for Women in Black Explore how the writer builds suspense and tension in the novel. Support your points with close reference to the text. Sinister tale. This is the perfect description of The Woman In Black in which Susan Hill, the author, focuses on tension, isolation and atmosphere through the story of the young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, sent to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow. He goes through her papers at the Eel Marsh House, the tall, gaunt, isolated house in the middle of a marsh in which the departed old woman lived alone, this is the place where he encounters the "woman with the wasted face". The author uses the woman in black, the setting and auditory imagery to build suspense and tension in the…show more content…
In the chapter called 'Across the Causeway', the writer creates tension by using an isolated burial ground, which makes the reader focus on the sense of isolation. The fact that Arthur Kipps is in an unknown, mysterious place accentuates tension, because the word "burial" makes us think about death and loneliness which creates apprehension and tension in the reader's mind. Also, the word "isolated" suggests that you're alone and this creates tension because it implies a feeling of discomfort and insecurity. Furthermore, the burial ground is described as "decayed", and this makes me think about a abandoned decomposing corpse, and this fact means that this place is not visited often and that it is in a state of total ruin. This idea is supported by the fact that this burial ground is "enclosed by the remains of walls". The fact that this place contains "remains of walls" confirms that it isn't visited often and that it is destroyed by time; also it is defined as "enclosed" which make it oppressive and causes some kind of discomfort to the reader. This last idea is fortified by the fact that the burial ground is defined as "small" which make us think that this place imprisons whoever enters in it and this creates…show more content…
It is in the chapter called 'The Sound of a Pony and Trap' the noise of the pony and trap seizes the reader's attention the most. First of all, the noise appears right after Arthur is "enveloped" in the "thick, damp sea-mist", the fact that he is "enveloped" in the sea-mist tells us that he sees nearly nothing and that he is very isolated. He hears what he describes as the "unmistakable" noise of the pony and trap which "lifted his hearth", the fact that the sound is defined in such manner tells us that it is extremely scary because it is very easy to recognize and this means that it is quite striking and that it nearly makes Kipps want to throw up because it is what “lifted his heart” means in a more distinguished way. This terrifying noise is accompanied by the lamentation of a "horse in panic" and by the cry or shout out of a young child and of an adult. The fact that the horse is described as "in panic" tells us that it has surely seen something which scared him. It is also said that the passengers are "struggling desperately", the word struggling makes me think about making an big effort to be able to move out and the fact that it is pared with the word "desperately" makes it even more effective because it means that the adult and the child are trying to survive their accident without much success and this brings a lot tension to the reader. Also, we rediscover this scary noise

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