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Comment on the use of character, plot and location in each of the stories, which you have read. Demonstrate the similarities, which are apparent in these tales and then consider how the period affects your enjoyment of them.

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Comment on the use of character, plot and location in each of the stories, which you have read. Demonstrate the similarities, which are apparent in these tales and then consider how the period affects your enjoyment of them I have read three stories, which are written by three different authors. Each of these tells a tale of mystery, and were all written sometime towards the end of the nineteenth century. The three stories are: 'The Signal man' by Charles Dickens 'The Judge's House' by Bram Stoker 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells There are some strange elements in the stories, a cursed picture, an enormous rat with the eyes of the devil and a strange spectre. All of the stories have main characters, 'The Red Room' and 'The Judge's House' have one main character but 'The Signalman' has two main characters. The main protagonist in 'The Judge's House' is a young man called Malcolm Malcomson. Malcolm is an intelligent man and has come to the town to get some peace and quiet to study. The main character in 'The Red Room' is a complete stranger. He is twenty-eight so, he is also a young man. The main protagonists in these stories are quite similar in being young, sceptical and new to the surroundings. ...read more.

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When the picture had been cleaned he saw that it was the Judge, he noticed that the Judge's eyes and the rat's eyes were similar. He found out that the rat actually was the Judge. I think this story seems too fictional to be enjoyable because you know that none of it is true, and therefore you don't get the frightened edge. The secondary characters in 'The Red Room' are all old people. There is one woman and three men. The old people are not the most charming towards the young man. They give him glances of "positive dislike" and want to "relieve themselves of entertaining him." I think that the way the elderly people are described, it gives the reader unpleasant thoughts, "the man with the withered arm", "her pale eyes wide open", "bent, more wrinkled, more aged", and " his eyes were covered by a shade, and his lower lip, half averted, hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth." All of these secondary characters have a physical deformity. The young man refers to the old people as "grotesque custodians." Putting these elderly men and woman in the same room as the young man, who was full of himself, creates an interesting juxtaposition. ...read more.

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he is trying to find out why the narrator used those words, and was unsure as to whether or not they had a meaning. It is a ghost story, in which, an apparition warning of an impending train accident is haunting a branch-line signalman. In 'The Signalman', the signalman's experience is the center of the story similarly to 'The Red Room' where the old people's experience is the main part of the story. It is also common in all three of the stories that there is a stranger; in 'The Judge's House' it is Malcolm Malcolmson, as he has jus moved to the village. In 'The red Room' it is the narrator as he has never been involved with the old people before, and in 'The Signalman' the whole story surrounds a stranger. 'The Judge's House' is set in a small town called Benchurch. It was a market town, there was a market held every three weeks. This makes the town sound lively but then for the rest of the time it was dead, "...for the remainder of the twenty-one days it was as attractive as a desert." Meaning that the place was deserted. The house that caught Malcomson's eye was, isolated and was surrounded with a massive stonewall. "It was an old rambling, heavy-built house of the Jacobean style, with heavy gables and windows, unusually small.." The description of the house suggests that it is old. ...read more.

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