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The conflict between the rational and the irrational is central to the power of HG Wells story The Red Room Discuss The character of the narrator is important to the way the story works Wells adopts the persona of a well educated articulate young man who has great confidence in the powers of his own rational thought He views the supernatural with great scepticism His opening words are I can assure you that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me This opening sentence assures us that he feels that he is in control of his thoughts and beliefs He is saying that unless he can find a ghost that he can actually touch he is refusing to even consider any truths that the supernatural may contain He continues to say eight and twenty years I have lived and never a ghost have I seen as yet He obviously believes that he is old and fairly worldly wise and that if you have not seen a ghost at the age of twenty eight then they cant possibly exist The three custodians of the castle are all physically grotesque the man with the withered arm the man with the shade and the old woman All three of them are referred to using these names or phrases I feel that by calling them these names it makes them all sound fairly ominous as if they are almost depersonalised and so the sense of terror is increased The man with the withered arm keeps repeating over and over Its your own choosing The old woman keeps saying this night of all nights The man with the shade says very little The old woman does try to point out to him that in the twenty eight years he has lived it is unlikely that he has ever seen such a house that there are still many more things to see at such a young age
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