Comparing The Superstitious Man's Story And The Call Essay

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Comparing The Superstitious Man's Story And The Call Iam comparing the two stories, The Superstitious Man written by Thomas Hardy and The Call written by Robert Westall. The Superstitious Man's story is narrated by a third person. We don't actually find out much about the narrator because not much is mentioned. However in The Call the story is narrated by the rota-secretary of the local Samaritans. Tension in The Superstitious Man is built up in many ways in the story, when Betty finishes her ironing she decides to go up to their chamber but to her great surprise, on reaching the foot the staircase she sees Williams boots, standing in the same place as they always stood, when he had gone to…show more content…
The tension in The Call is built up by the call's Meg and Geoff receives in the story. One of the call's they received was a woman who sounded very frightened. "A voice spoke through the crackle. A female voice. He's going to kill me. I know he's going to kill me." The story keeps you in suspense, and makes you think what is happening to the woman on the other side of the phone. The appearance of the ghosts in The Superstitious Man's story are described as faint shapes of all the people who are to die, or to get over their illness within the year going in to the church. "faint shapes of all the folk in the parish who are going to be at death's door within the year can be seen entering the church. Those who get over their illness come out again after a while." However in The Call Meg describes the female who calls them for help as an old lady who is lonely and frightened. "an old lady who's living in the past. Some old lady who's muddled and lonely and frightened." As we read on in the story we find out that the female calling Meg and Geoff for help is actually the sprit of Agnes Todd. She was a lame wife living with Reg Todd the owner of Moresby Locks, twenty-one years ago. On one Christmas Eve, 1964, she and her little white dog were reported missing to the police. The body
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