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“The Signalman”

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE The Signalman

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"The Signalman"

In the following essay I will discuss how Dickens "The Signalman" by exploring the settings and the characters. The novel was written by Charles Dickens in the 19th century. It is set in a deep cutting adjacent to a tunnel with a railway running through. I think that the over riding feature throughout the essay is the suspense that is created. So in this essay I will mostly focus on how that is built up.

Suspense is created through supernatural, horror and ambiguity. A good suspense story should have all of these. I will explore these qualities which make up a good suspense story.

The story opens with the quote "Halloa! Below there" This short, but effective line becomes very decisive as the story unfolds. We don't know who's speaking and so creates tension already. The man he is shouting to below looks round to face the tunnel "Looked down the line". Any normal person would look upwards in response to this. Again Dickens is creating the unexplainable which builds up the tension and suspense.

At this time we don't know who either of the men is. We know

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