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The two short stories that have been studied are The Red Room by H G Wells written in 1896 and The Landlady written by Roald Dahl in 1959 The Red Room is written in first person which creates empathy for the reader and so you can get in the 28 year olds head You can only get the mans point of view you dont get to know any of the old peoples views and makes the story more immediate In comparison The Landlady is written in third person which enables the writer to mask certain things to the reader It lets Dahl hide some of the landladys intentions of killing Weaver If Dahl had written the book in first person the landlady would reveal her intentions of killing Billy Weaver and the story would be ruined If Dahl had written the book in first person for Billy Weaver the reader wouldnt know the landladys purpose of killing him and the story would have and abrupt ending and wouldnt work Another significant difference between the two stories is the pace All through The Landlady the pace stays the same throughout the story it doesnt quicken nor does it reduce speed However in the Red Room the pace increases on page six of the story Wells does not use many full stops on the page and the sentences are excessively lengthy which builds up the speed of the story One of the longest sentences contains many commas to help the pace of the story to keep increasing crescendo With a cry of terror I dashed at the alcove then into the corner and then into the window relighting three as two more vanished by the fireplace then perceiving a better way I dropped the matches on the iron-bound deedbox in the corner and caught up the bedroom candlestick This pace continues increasing till page eleven where there is a sudden stop to the pace and a new
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