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Compare and contrast 'Lamb to the slaughter' by Roald Dahl and The 'Signalman' by Charles Dickens

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Introduction

Compare and contrast 'Lamb to the slaughter' by Roald Dahl and The 'Signalman' by Charles Dickens This Essay will analyse and compare two short stories 'Lamb to the slaughter' by Roald Dhal and 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens. The Essay will concentrate on firstly the beginning of each story, the setting of each story an analysis of the characters and finally will look at how the authors create a sense of suspense and tension. In the signalman Dickens aims to create a sense of suspense right at the beginning, which creates an eerie feeling towards the reader. For Example 'Halloa! Below there!' This suggests to the reader that who is the mystery person is calling to. This creates an eerie effect towards the reader who is thinking who could it be, where is he calling from. Also he aims to create a strange feeling towards the reader For instance 'Steeped in the glow of an angry sunset' this implies to the reader that an angry sunset means something strange is going on. ...read more.

Middle

A shadow is a black figure, which is dark. Also He set it at the time of industrial revolution. Which creates the impression of 'Dirtiness', 'smoke', and 'Dark places'. Dahl sets his story in a nice average house, in a city. This creates the impression of 'nothing would happen in a normal house'. For example 'The room was warm and clean' this suggests to the reader and creates an impression that nothing serious in this normal house would happen. Dickens describes his main character the signalman as an' dark sallow' 'dark beard', 'heavy eyebrows'. This creates the impression of a stereotypical average Victorian villain. Which is creates suspense towards the reader to what is the man like but later in the story this became a charade because the signalman is actually an well-educated man For Example 'He also worked on fractions and decimals, and tried a little algebra;' this shows he is not what he seems like at first and which is proven later in the ...read more.

Conclusion

This creates suspense and tension towards the reader. Dahl creates tension by making the reader think at the start and also in the middle of the story, at the start the reader has a sense of suspense created by the waiting and in the middle when what does Patrick, Mary's husband say to her and gets he angry or temporarily mad. For instance 'Her first instinct not to believe any of it' this suggests to the reader what has happened to Mary which makes the reader think and give them a sense of suspense. In Conclusion the both stories create suspense and tension, but in different ways, the signal man was written in the Victorian times and lamb to the slaughter was written earlier in 1954 which altogether creates a different atmosphere, Different senses of eerie feelings of what you get from the Victorian times and 1954. I think both stories create there own individual sense of suspense and tension towards the readers. By Abdulmannan Raja 10F ...read more.

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