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Analyse the techniques used tocreate mystery and suspense in stories of the 19th century?

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Analyse the techniques used to create mystery and suspense in stories of the 19th century? This essay is based on short story written by famous authors. The short stories I am going to analyse are The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Red Room by H. G. Wells and the Monkeys Paw by W.W.Jacobs. The technique used to create mystery and suspense in these stories of the nineteenth century are the language and feelings of the characters for example in the signalman, the signalman thinks that his dream will come true. The authors use characters and settings to create mystery and suspense. The theme of the signalman is isolation, gothic or mystery and includes premonitions and ghostly apparitions. The signalman is a short story, which brings up great suspense and tension throughout the story, mainly through the main characters the signalman and the narrator. At the beginning of the story the atmosphere is quite dull. This is because the signalman is a "dark shallow man, with a dark beard and rather heavy eyebrows." The story takes place in just one place a railway cutting. At the beginning the narrator calls down to the signalman "halloa! Below there!" the signalman is confused because he doesn't know where the sound is coming from. ...read more.


The narrator examines the room and describes it to the audience; this creates tension in the readers mind because it seems so dark and the shadows cast scary shapes. The reader is eager to find out what is going to happen to the narrator. After describing the room to the audience the narrator gets a little bit nervous. He tells us that he spoke aloud and had a conversation with himself which proves that he was very nervous, "after a time, a conversation with myself upon the impossibility of ghosts and haunting." He went out and got a few more candles, "walked out into the moonlight, carrying a candle and leaving the door open, and presently returned with as many as ten." He then saw one candle was out as he went to relight it the others started to go out, "I walked across room in a leisurely manner to relight the corner again. My first match would not strike, and as I succeeded the second, something seemed to blink on the wall before me. I turned my head involuntarily, and saw that the two candles on the table by the fireplace were extinguished. I rose at once to my feet." This tells me that the tension is building up. Now that all the candles had started to blow out the narrator is scared we know this because he says that, "my hands trembling so much that twice I missed the rough paper of the matchbox." ...read more.


This can also be seen in the red room by the narrator saying he does believe in ghosts after staying in the red room all night. This can also be seen in the monkeys paw when the father quickly makes a wish so that when the mother opens the door nobody's there. All three of the stories feature typical 19-century ghost story characteristics in how they are both set in dank eerie settings, seemingly cut off from the outside world. The Red Room' is a story about a man who spends a night in a supposedly haunted castle, which is inhabited by disfigured OAPs. 'The Signalman' is a story of a signalman who works in an isolated railway cutting. 'The Monkey's Paw' is a story about superstition, which is about 3 wishes on a cursed monkey's paw. All three of these stories have unexpected endings. The weather is very dark and cold to make the reader feel a little eerie and alert for what is going to happen in the story. The Monkey's Paw starts of with a cold and wet day, everything in the house is normal nothing in the story is very weird. Until they have the monkeys paw and they make their first wish on it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ENGLISH COURSEWORK 1 ...read more.

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