The last chapter Is successful mainly cause Susan Hill uses the reader’s emotions that they would be feeling up to this point in the story. It is very likely that the reader would be feeling quite a big sense of relief as Arthur Skips has now left Crying Gifford, which is the place in which all of the terrifying events had taken place. She uses dialogue in the first part of the chapter to show this. When she writes Arthur Skips saying “that the chain is broken, that her power Is at an end” she makes the reader relax a lot as they now feel that the Woman In Blacks power Is weakening.
This lures the reader Into a false sense of security which Susan Hills purposely does to make the last chapter successful. As the chapter progresses Hill puts in many hints that something is going to happen. Her description of Arthur Skips’ emotion and mental state at this point of the book make the reader realism that something must be going to happen. Susan Hill writes “I will use my very last strength that has been so depleted by the relieving of those past horrors, to write the end of the story. ” By making Arthur Skips tell his story ending slowly she builds up the tension for the reader, which Is a very clever technique to SE.
This is because she leaves the reader wanting to read on to find out why Skips feels so strongly about writing the next point in the book. Susan Hill then goes on to describe the scene that Arthur Skips is faced with. She leaves a lot of clues in this description of what is going to happen. She starts by describing it has a “peaceful Sunday afternoon”. There Is a “festive cheer” about the park. Here Hill Is using pathetic fallacy In a positive way. She makes this chapter seem happy and Jolly by setting the scene to FLT the way Arthur Slips starts to talk about the events.
However ill has done this so that, rather astutely, we assume that something bad is going to happen because the last chapter cannot end on a positive manner if the character Arthur Skips found it hard to write about it. Therefore the reader will read on so that they can find out more and see how the scene will change from the Jolly, happy park scene to a horrible event. An even more skilful thing that Susan Hill does is putting In a lot of things we associate The Women In Black with Into the description of the last chapter. She starts by pointing out that there are a lot of children in the park.
By now he reader knows that The Woman in Black is connected very strongly with Children, so this is the first big hint that Susan Hill leaves that could let the reader know that something bad is going to happen. She then mentions a Pony and Trap. In the last chapter we find out that the pony and trap is linked to the main reason that The women In Black aunts Eel Marks House. So when ten Pony Ana Rap Is monotone the reader starts to notice realism that something bad is going to happen or that the Women in black is going to appear. By putting these Hints in Susan Hill is almost teasing the reader into making them want to read the chapter.
It builds up the tension in the reader, so that they feel compelled to read on. It is a very clever method for Hill to use. When Susan Hill writes that Arthur Skips sees the Women in Black she changes she tempo of the book. Hill almost makes it seem like everything slows down when Arthur Skips sees the Women in Black in the park. She does this by describing The Women in Black very vividly and also describing Arthur Skips’ emotions and feeling in great detail. This helps the reader feel like they are much more connected with the story and like they interact with the characters more.
Hill does this very successfully, which is why this particular part of the final chapter is very successful in making the reader feel like they are at the park, rather than Just reading about the event. Susan Hill then changes the tempo again in the book again when the main tragedy happens. Susan Hill makes the tempo of the book speed up quite dramatically when the Pony and Cart crashes. The way she does this is by using a lot of commas in her sentences which makes the story speed up. By doing this she is almost mimicking the way that Arthur Skips’ would be feeling when he was itching the Pony and Cart crash.
It is like Susan Hill is trying to make the reader feel like they are Arthur Skips and that they are watching through their own eyes rather than hearing through Arthur Skips’ eyes. The last successful thing that Susan Hill does in the final chapter of The Woman in Black is the very short and abrupt ending that she writes. It is a very short last paragraph, which consists of only three very short sentences. This gives a very dramatic feel to the end of the book. It is almost like Hill is trying to make Arthur Skips appear tired and worn out from telling us his Tory.
The last word she uses is “Enough”. BY using the word enough she makes it seem like Arthur Skips is annoyed at ten reader for asking him to tell his story and like Arthur Skips is talking to reader instead of Just writing to no-one in general. So as you can see the last chapter of the Woman in Black is very successful through Susan Hill’s choice of different methods that she uses at different points in the chapter. So now as Susan Hill would write. They asked me How successfully written is the last chapter of Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black”? I have told you. Enough.