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Blackwell 1 Andrew Blackwell Mrs. Howard English Composition II 26 March 2018 Contradictory Imagery “The Woman in Black” is a harrowing tale about a ghost of a woman living in the attic of an old house recently inhabited by a man named Arthur Kipps. The story progresses by the protagonist noticing occasional oddities that the local town folk offer no explanation for. Only after hearing the whole story does he learn that once the ghost of the woman is spotted a child always dies. This, of course, makes him fearful for the safety of his own children who are living in the very house that is said to be hexed. The author, Susan Hill, uses contrast to exemplify the tone of the setting at the given time, the difference between the village and Mrs. Drablow’s house, or simply Arthur’s own conflictions with how he perceives himself psychologically. These contradictions create a great deal of tension that truly adds to the spirit of the original ghost story.

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