Front on the other hand has only two real characters, and looks at it from the person who the most impact is afflicted on, meaning the narrator in Front is the one who is surprised by the state of the crescent and not Pat, it wouldnt seem relevant for a character like Pat to have a story written around her and her friend being shocked at her house, especially when it seems like Pat doesnt care anyway. Twisted Lips writing style is very effective but differs quite strongly to Front even though both of the writers focus their climax on more suspense rather than action. The main reason being the long talking periods in Twisted Lip, which do build suspense, but Front spends more time with narration, this can give the character more depth, but can make the story seem a little sparse or sterile, as it is a short story this doesnt happen.
The suspense in Front really begins when the narrator starts to enter The Crescent that she made such a big deal of earlier in the story. The writer has given little background evidence but a lot of depth to pat and the narrator, the writer more specifically shows the mental state of them also. It is rather easy to spot with the narrator when she tells herself or rather the reader It did not disappoint me. As this is a single sentence the writer has obviously meant this to stand out, it shows that the narrator could be in denial, which would be expected by any normal person and it seems as though shes only saying that to reassure herself, rather than to inform the reader.
To find out how pat feels the reader will have to look closer, and the motive to look will probably be aroused by the question, why does pat simply disregard the rubbish around her house and simply explain to her friend the truth? Well there are several reasons for this, as some parts of the narration seem to suggest that pat used to have a higher quality of life she is also in denial as to the repugnant appearance of her house, and loathes herself secretly, the other would be that she is quite stubborn and refuses to have to explain herself, which everyone has the right to when its not their fault. Pat simply wants to have and exercise the right to invite a school friend home for tea. From as soon as the first hint as to the crescent being, less than thought out to be, the reader knows that the rest of the house isnt going to be Buckingham palace.
This puts the reader in a lot of suspense, and they are not disappointed. As the narrator guides the readers up to Pats room she speaks about dustbins belching and she refers to abandoned bicycles getting in her way like a bunch of yobbos blocking the pavement portraying a very messy and unclean place in the readers mind, at this point pat seems even sarcastic about the state of her house mind the bikes, Pat said redundantly, this shows again that the writer of Front is trying to show the reader that Pat is quite depressed about how she lives. The writer uses little comments almost like sarcastic jokes about the size and state of Pats living area.
Then I realized, the kitchen cabinet was the kitchen short but frank sentences like these seem funny at first, but then its realized that it wasnt an overstatement and that it simply the way it is. The writer also shows how the narrator is almost afraid to look around, as she doesnt want to drown the thoughts she used to have of the crescent in what she had and will see. The last part of the story is shows how pats mum feels which can really put the readers life in perspective. The words the writer used are effective, for example after pat lit the fire it becomes obvious that she wasnt allowed to as to her mums reaction when the narrator leaves the room Oh Christ, thats the last of the coal.
Another hint towards the fact that they didnt normally live like that is when Pats mum says But to bring anyone to this place¦ this obviously shows that even they dont like to live there means theyve lived in places better. Another similarity comes out here, as there are a lot of references to where people live in Twisted Lip and Fronts climax or pinnacle of the story is about Pats house or slum. Comparing and Contrasting these two stories is quite difficult, but even the slowest reader can pick up on the relation of references to class and more importantly appearances. It is the subtle and almost impossible to find differences and ironies that really define the stories as being different.
How the stories are written is the inevitable difference as different writers have and use different styles, for example the point I made earlier on how the main character the story is focused on in Twisted Lips case not suitable and yet perfect for its part in the story at the same time, however due to the lack of characters in Front it is hard to say that the narrator is not the sort of character for the main part in the story. How the stories control the readers emotions is diversity also, as in Front the storyline is very straightforward with no major twists (apart from the crescent) but in Twisted Lip the Isa Whitney decoy, that the first time reader would have thought that this is what the story would be based on.
Then the story was a murder mystery, but ironically no murder had been committed at all, it was simply a case of fraud, the other story does inflict emotions but writing in this way is a very good way to make the reader feel just as shocked as the character would feel. What really makes these stories difficult to compare is that the real difference, is in the stories similarity, Front is about false appearances and Twisted Lip actually does have a false appearance. Scott Pearce 11A Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.