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A comparison and analysis of The Red Room, The Monkye's Paw and the Signalman concentrating on how each author builds tension and suspense.

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A comparison and analysis of The Red Room, The Monkye's Paw and the Signalman concentrating on how each author build tension and suspense This essay will compare and analyse the Red Room, The Monkey's Paw and the Signalman and will look at how each author build up tension and suspense. We are exposed to graphic imagery everyday in books, films etc and so is a common thing to us but people in the pre 20th century who were shocked by the tension created by the authors were as when we watch or read a book or film with tension in it we usually know when to expect it. When making a scary film, it is a lot easier to make a viewer scared as you can use music, sound effects, surprise elements and many other attributions, however, when writing a book the whole approach seems to be completely different. The writers have no special effects or music to tempt the reader, so they use very strong expressions and describe the scenery enough for you to feel you are actually there and have a picture of the scene in your mind. ...read more.


Also in the opening of the story we see a servant/master relationship between the first two characters which we were introduced to. The opening line "Halloa! Below there!" plunges us immediately into the story, telling us that we must be attentive in order to follow the story. It also makes our imagination start to ask questions, for example; who is saying this? Who are they speaking to? This is a good method to gradually build up tension. The ghosts repetitive behavior makes us feel anxious. The ghost always shouts, 'Halloa! Below there!' He waves his arm and covers his eyes. Dickens' portrayal of the tunnel and the cutting is very detailed, and is expressed through use of onametipeigei words. For instance; 'zigzag' and 'gloomy' these words get an apparent image of the cutting and this tunnel, resulting in us feeling we are involved in the story. The signalmans appearance is quite peculiar as is his behavior. ...read more.


The narrator also observes the signalman attentively and describes his movement. The following quotes from 'The Signalman� show this, "He was several times interrupted by the little bell, and had to read off messages and send replies," he continues, "I observed him to be remarkably exact and vigilant, breaking off his disclosure at a syllable, and remaining silent until what he had to do was finished." This allows us to imagine that we are in the room with the signalman, watching him as he works, noting every detail of his movement and actions. Dickens� writing style makes us feel we are actually there, watching the events of the story. The following quote describes demonstrates the effects of Dickens� narrative style, "it was made through a clammy stone that became oozier and wetter as I went down". This allows us to feel as if we are walking down the "zigzag path". Although this is very realistic, this style has limits. This also adds to the mysterious atmosphere. ...read more.

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