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

Comment on how the author, Charles Dickens, creates a sense of suspense and horror in the story: "The Signalman".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comment on how the author, Charles Dickens, creates a sense of suspense and horror in the story: "The Signalman" I have been asked to write how the author creates a sense of suspense and horror in this story of "the Signalman." The author creates suspense and horror using language, atmosphere, descriptions, location, structure, and the characters. The structure of this story helps to create suspense since it is written in a form like a revelation which means it is broken down into small chunks of information, each portion of information is revealed piece by piece to make more tension such as: "In the discharge of his duties, I observed him to be remarkably exact and vigilant, breaking off his discourse at a syllable, and remaining silent until what he had to do was done. ...read more.

Middle

The author also uses the language to help the reader to visualise the picture via all the narrations of the scenes. The author uses the location to create an eerie atmospheric sense because it is a time of darkness so people are scared at night, on a downhill path the question WHY? Going through the interpreter's head. It is next to a railway track, a very dangerous place to be even in the daytime leading into a ominous tunnel ("a gloomier entrance to a black tunnel" page 131) a place leading to the mysterious wonders with a daunted signalman who sees things or at least that's what the narrator thinks. He also describes the scenes admirably using beneficial punctuation and distinct adjectives such as: "It was made through a clammy stone, that became oozier and wetter as I went down." ...read more.

Conclusion

The ghost was an apparition that the signalman only saw at the beginning but at the end the narrator sees him always doing the same movement; "I saw the appearance of a man, with his left sleeve across his eyes, passionately waving his right arm." (Page 145) I believe that the ghost was warning the signalman of deaths because he appeared every time before someone died. The policeman was very informative but not good at giving bad news because the way it is worded the policeman sounds like he has no feelings towards the signalman or even the way he talks to the narrator. The train driver's name was Tom but there was no character description or specific purpose for his presence other than running over the signalman. The only feature I could recognise was his sensitivity and sadness for the corpse lying there; "Ah! it was a dreadful time, sir. I never left off calling him." (Page 147) ...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. How Does Charles Dickens Create a Sense of Suspence in The Signalman.

    Just before he goes down the cutting an unknown vibration shakes the ground "Vague vibration in the earth and air" He also uses a lot of effective adjectives like "Violent pulsation" this captures the senses and adds to the tension.

  2. "The short story is the ideal form for writers who want to create a ...

    Grattan is the murderer of Julia Hetman and the missing father of Joel Hetman Jr. Caspar has lived to regret the horrible crime of the murder of his wife when his jealousy and anger came into control in "Crazed with jealously and rage, blind and bestial with all the elemental passions of insulted manhood.

  1. "In his short story 'The Signalman' by what means does the author Charles Dickens ...

    2ZNu Visit coursework fe in fe fo fe for fe more coursework fe Do fe not fe redistribute 2ZNu The description given to us by Dickens is very distinctive: 'His post was as dismal a place as ever I saw.'

  2. How does Dickens creates suspense in

    Just before he goes down the cutting an unknown vibration shakes the ground "Vague vibration in the earth and air" He also uses a lot of effective adjectives like "Violent pulsation" this captures the senses and adds to the tension.

  1. How does Dickens create suspense in

    As Dickens has not yet mentioned the word 'ghost' or 'supernatural' in any way, there may not be any element of this, perhaps just two men who have perhaps not heard each other. Factual words are not used throughout the story but it is left to the readers' imagination to enable the reader to perceive what they will.

  2. How does Dickens create suspense in

    It is unclear as to which Dickens meant when writing this imagery. Perhaps he meant both or perhaps he meant to confuse the reader, yet again forcing them to ask themselves questions subconsciously: questions which aid in the build up of suspense.

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