• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Signalman section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Signalman essays

  1. Examine the ways in which Charles Dickens builds suspense in 'The Signalman'

    Now, we think that he is finally starting to believe what he has tried so hard not to for a long time. He is then told about the reappearance of the spectre all week, and how it rings the signalman's bell.

  2. How does the author create suspense in the red room

    These words carry powerful imagery such as 'black' suggests not that the tunnel is just dark and devoid of light which is already depressing but it even worse as it is pitch black, this creates mystery as to what the tunnel hides.

  1. How do the authors of The Red Room and The Signalman create suspension and ...

    The words "dripping wet walls" suggest the place could be empty and deserted, since he can hear the tip-tap of the water meeting the ground. The wet walls would also mean it was unpleasant to touch, turning the place into a typical gothic setting.

  2. Explain what makes a good mystery story, based on your understanding of 'The Red ...

    the end of the room; it also creates a sense of unwelcoming. After midnight he said that 'the candle in the alcove suddenly went out'. The fact that it was midnight could have contributed to this, because lots of scary things occur at midnight, so he could have been thinking

  1. 'Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in ''The Signalman'', ...

    He even makes clear how ancient and old-fashioned everything in the castle is. Unlike Dickens and Conan Doyle in the other two stories, Wells did not wish this story to be closely linked with the period in which he wrote it, so that he could explore the ageless nature of fear itself.

  2. A Comparison of The Red Room and The Signalman

    It makes the signalman eerie and I ask myself why the "spectre" stands under the "danger light", waving to the signalman and at the same time covering his face in a movement of "mourning". It does all this to warn the signalman about something or probably death.

  1. The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, "The Clubfooted Grocer" by Sir Arthur Canon ...

    For example, there are a lot of references to fairy tales throughout the story and this creates anxiety for the reader because we know that this isn't a fairy tale, far from it actually. When the Sergeant says, "They think it's a fairy tale," whilst talking about what people thought

  2. How are tension andsuspense created in 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room'?

    It also makes you wonder why the ghost is there and why is it by the red light. It may be to warn the signalman of danger lying ahead. Both these short stories start off at bizarre scenes. The perilous railway and the spooky castle set a sense of mystery straight away at the start.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work