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Charles Dickens Coursework Charles Dickens was a famous writer of suspense stories. He was born at Portsmouth on the 7th February 1812. Charles was the second of eight children of John Dickens. Dickens lived in Victorian times and the sort of things that he writes about in his stories are probably from his era and the everyday lives of Victorian people. For example in the Signalman there are trains, which were new in Victorian times and an easier way of transport. They are also a much faster way of travelling from one place to another. The Victorian era was also a time when convicts were deported to Australia on prison ships. Charles Dickens was not particularly rich as his dad was arrested for debts and he must have known what a hard life was because he writes about it in so much detail. I think when Charles Wrote Great Expectations he was trying to emphasise the misfortunate children that lived in his time. Dickens is famous for suspense his suspense writing techniques. Suspense is a state of uncertainty while awaiting news for example waiting for something to happen but you don't know what. ...read more.


After Pip says this, his actions towards Pip become more threatening. ' Now lookee here,' he said ' the question being whether you live. You know what a file is?' 'Yes Sir' ' And you know what wittles is' 'Yes sir' After he says this he becomes even more threatening so Pip will do what he wants ' You get me a file' 'and you get me wittles.' 'You bring 'em both to me.' ' or I'll have your heart and liver out' The Convict is clever and we can tell this because he makes out to have someone else with him. 'A young man' and he tells pip that the young man is worse than him so that Pip would be very frightened and do what the Convict wants him to do ' Now, I ain't alone, as you may think I am. There is a young man hid with me, in comparison with which I am an angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way percoolier to himself, of getting a boy, and at his heart and at his liver. ...read more.


Dickens describes the thoughts and images that the man sees when he comes down to talk with the signalman. ' I resumed my downward way, and, stepping out on the level of the railroad and drawing nearer to him, saw that he was a dark sallow man , with a dark beard and rather heavy eyebrows. His post was in a as solitary and dismal place as ever I saw. On either side, a dripping-wet wall of jagged stone, excluding all view but a strip of sky; the perspective one way, only a crooked prolongation of this great dungeon; the shorter perspective in the other direction , terminating in a gloomy red light, and the gloomier entrance to a black tunnel, in whose massive architecture there was a Barbarous, depressing, and forbidding air.' This section is a perfect example of how Dickens creates suspense in the Signalman and great Expectations. He uses great detail to lure a reader into an unknown atmosphere. This makes the reader want to read on and desperate to find out what is going to happen next. A combination of interesting and thorough detail, careful choices of words and the five senses create an excellent base for building up Suspense in Dickens Stories. This is why he is such a brilliant Suspense writer. ...read more.

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