Explore the ways in which Hill creates sympathy for Arthur as the hero of the Woman in Black
Key to the success of TWiB is Hill’s expertise in encouraging the reader to identify with the main character, Arthur Kipps. She achieves this by stimulating feelings of sympathy towards Arthur. Some of the ways in which she does this are by using a variety of different methods such as a range of structural devices, detailed descriptions of the setting, the central theme of fear and the change in Arthur’s character.
Perhaps the most effective way in which Hill creates sympathy is by vividly describing feelings of anxiety, terror and emotional distress. The first hint of this comes within the first chapter when Arthur is being pressed by his …show more content…
The primary structural device is the use of the first person throughout the story. As Arthur is speaking to the reader directly it is evident that the author’s intention is to steer the reader towards seeing things from his perspective. It creates a more intimate relationship between Arthur and the reader and makes the reader trust Arthur’s reactions hence evoking empathy within the reader and sympathy towards Arthur. The ‘one to one’ account creates an affinity with Arthur, as if the story has been