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A comparison of supernatural tales from the Victorian Era.

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GCSE English Literature Coursework Unit: 1914 prose Title: A comparison of supernatural tales from the Victorian Era Stories covered: > 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens. > 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells. > 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W Jacobs In this piece of coursework I am writing to compare two supernatural tales. The two tales from the Victorian Era are: 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells. To compare these stories fully I will be looking at the plot, characters and setting of each story. I will start by looking at the plot and the main difference of the two stories. ...read more.


'The Red Room', in contrast doesn't and leaves a mystery to be solved by the reader. The mystery here is a question of whether there is a ghost or the man's fear is the reason why the candles blow out. The mystery in 'The Signalman' is about why the signalman keeps seeing these visions? Because of the mysteries and a twist in both stories, it means the two stories both contain typical elements of a supernatural story. In the two stories the narrators are the main characters. Between them there are a lot of similarities but very few differences; they are both wealthy and educated young men, which is made obvious because of the way they are spoken to. ...read more.


The narrator in 'The Signalman' is also rational, shown when he says: "Do listen for a moment to the wind in this unnatural valley...and to the wild harp it makes of the telephone wires." Here he is trying to find a natural explanation of the sounds he is hearing as he thinks there is something wrong in the signalman's head which is why he keeps seeing these visions. The two young men have also changed at the end of the story from how they thought at the beginning because of their experience. The only difference is that the man in 'The Red Room' seeks out for supernatural but in ...read more.

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