Macbeth and Banquo are two very important characters in the play. Now, both of these characters are introduced into the play in the same way; they are returning war heroes who have fought off Scotland’s enemies. However, when both Banquo and Macbeth are given prophecies by the three witches they react differently to these similar fates. This in turn brings in Banquo as the character foil to Macbeth. They both have various similarities and differences and these comparisons say a great deal about both of their characters.
Susan Hill explores the theme of supernatural throughout the novel through the setting, imagery and the use of language. ‘The Woman in Black’ is a ghost story, therefore the idea of supernatural is essential throughout for the novel to work. Hill explores the theme to frighten and entertain, so that the audience can enjoy the ghost novel. The opening chapter to the novel provides the main introduction of not only the novel but also the theme of supernatural. In it the idea of a traditional ghost story is suggested which shows us forewarning for the rest of the novel.
Did you ever read stories full of suspense, ghosts, and mysteries? The story The Hitchhiker (by Lucille Fletcher) and In The Fog (by Milton Geiger) are both suspenseful stories with mysterious, ghost characters. The author shapes the props and sound effects, characters, settings and even the little actions so that the story is suspenseful. I am going to compare and contrast the two plays. First I am going to compare and contrast the two plays.
‘Some Houses are born Bad’ (Shirley Jackson, The Haunting). Discuss the Representation of the House or ‘Home’ in a Range of Writers Studied on the Course Throughout the history of both European and American gothic fiction, the setting has played an important role in ensuring the correct atmosphere is achieved; ‘that atmosphere of gloom and decay which adheres to the crumbling abbey and ruined castle in the gothic novel. In few other genres does the setting play such a significant role’ During the ascendancy of European Gothic, novels were typically set in remote structures such as Manfred’s castle in The Castle of Otranto, and, in The Monk the Castle Lindenberg and the Abbey. These settings were inspired by a fear of what lies beyond the borders of civilisation , remote catholic countries generally provided the location for these settings. By the gothic revival of 1850-1880, with the exception of Castle Dracula, the setting had moved from grand, mysterious structures of foreign lands to the urban dwellings and labyrinthine streets of Victorian cities such as Edinburgh and London, the setting for Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde respectively.
James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle, the authors of “After the Fact - The Art of Historical Detection, Volume 1 Sixth Edition” used “The Strange Death of Silas Deane” as the prologue to their book. Through this reading the authors demonstrate how the everyday view of history as “history is what happened in the past” can be profoundly misleading by going into a detailed examination of an event that “happened in the past” – the death of Silas Deane. The authors feel that the story of Silas Deane’s death is an excellent example to illustrate the difference between “what happened in the past” and what history really is since the event cannot be fully understood by merely transporting facts from the past, courier-like (without distorting or forcing new perspectives on them), to the present. In the first section of the story- An Untimely Death, the authors describe Silas Deane’s background and key events throughout his life at seem relevant to his death. Deane was born in Groton, Connecticut.
Why did Susan Hill choose to pick El Marsh House as the main scene and how did she use pathetic fallacy to make the writing effective? In my personal opinion I believe that Susan Hill used El Marsh House as the main scene in the book because she can make it sound like a mystery. She can twist a house that she maybe has seen in her life a turned it to make a mysterious haunted house. Later within the book it starts to get into great detail on describing what Arthur Kipps had witnesses, felt and heard. “Whatever was about, whoever I had seen, and heard rocking, and who had passed me by just now, whoever had opened the locked door was not ‘real’.
From the very beginning of the play, suspense was already introduced. The opening scene of Macbeth was with the three witches. This scene is very short but that is what fills it with excitement and tension. The whole scene is written in rhyme which suggests that the witches are chanting. This creates a mysterious and mystical atmosphere, which creates suspicion as to why they are using their powers.
BRIAR ROSE-JANE YOLEN Yolen has created an ingenious story of great significance in Briar Rose. Aside from the novel itself being a fictional text, the book stresses the intrinsic importance of fairy tales to the responder. The resilience and power of these tales are emphasised as is the significance of true stories form the past. It is through the examination of the allegorical story told by Gemma and the characterisation used by Yolen that the concept of the hero and heroine is explored. Yolen has enabled her readers to understand the value of the past for the present and to witness both the true horrors as well as the acts of courage in her novel Briar Rose.
It also differs from the other two productions in the way the witches are portrayed. Illustrated as supernatural nurses/servants, the role of the witches is absolutely fundamental to creating the eerie ambience of Goold’s version. They glide uniformly as a unit, with one in front and the other two standing behind, equally distanced from each other with precision. Even in places where they have no speech, they craft tension in a way
People such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King are all tributes to the original horror story writer, Edgar Allen Poe. Poe's haunting linguistic descriptions, unnerving parallelism between his life and his works, and alarming yet purposeful exploration of symbolism and situations draws the reader into a state of pity and sorrow while at the same times leaving them with a feeling of