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

compare and contrast the signal man and the red room

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore to what make a good ghost story A good mystery novel needs to be based on life in the past similar to the Victorian era for the reason that of industrialisation and it was an era of when inventors started experimenting and creating new and bizarre ideas. In the Victorian era many stories were based around the gothic theme. The story 'Signalman' is a ghost story, it was written in 1866 by Charles Dickens. Another example of a gothic story is the 'Red Room', which is also a ghost story or contains beings of the spiritual world written by H.G Wells in 1896. Both of these novels were written at the end of the gothic period. I will now find the similarities of both novels. The social context of the 'Red Room' and the 'Signalman' is similar; the narrator in 'Red Room' sounds smart and rich as shown in the example below: "If you will show me this haunted room of yours, I will relieve you from the task of entertaining me." ...read more.

Middle

In the 'signalman' the story continues as an ordinary story. Later in the story the signalman shares his work and how his life is. At the end there is a big bang of explosion as the signalman immobilises, because of a ghost or because he is mental. The writers keeps the interest of the reader by describing the settings and surroundings, the writers also keep the reader in suspense as the reader waits to be surprised and bedazzled. "The long, draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty". This phrase is from the novel 'redroom', it has the reader in an anticipating attitude to what will happen next thanks to the language Wells has used. "The gloomier entrance to a black tunnel, in whose massive architecture there was barbarous, depressing and forbidding air". The uses of adjectives are used very effectively to describe the tunnel as they give you a bigger picture of the tunnel. Wells and Dickens have tried to create traditional yet gothical stories set in castles. ...read more.

Conclusion

In both stories there is narration rather than a load of dialogue, in both stories the narrators are describing what is happening at the present time. In conclusion I would say the 'signalman' is a good mystery because of the language Dickens uses and the theme of the story. The way in which Dickens uses to trick the reader into thinking the story has moved on to a castle from being set at a railway line is very interesting and pleasing to the reader. The signalman is a very interesting novel as during the middle of the novel you don't know for sure whether there are two signalmen or if one of them is in actual fact a ghost. The context of the story makes it difficult to understand. The novel 'red room' is an ordinary ghost story, which is astonishing as the language and context are also difficult to understand. It is also like a new style ghost story that has a traditional theme. I would prefer the signalman because of the dramatic action and the language that encourages me to know what will happen next. The end Kashif Hussain abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Sins of the Past

    Watson and Defoe reached the third floor of Air Force One. The exit door was large and made of steel. "We're never going to get through that!" Watson exclaimed. Defoe considered it and he drew his pistol. "Bullets don't go through steel Josh," Watson explained.

  2. Compare and contrast how the language and techniques used create characters, atmosphere and setting ...

    Because it seems, until the very end, that superstition has won, the final twist of reminding the reader that, convincing as it may seem, the 'haunted room' wasn't haunted, could have made readers recognise that some very believable irrationalities are, in fact, untrue.

  1. The Monkey's Paw and Red Room Comparison

    Red Room, he is constantly afraid of the worrying absence of light in particular areas of the room, and his reason for this is that he is worried of what those pools of darkness may contain. Conversely, light is brought in as relief for the narrator and the reader.

  2. Victorian Gothic Novels

    The irony of the paw causes horror. The ending to a successful gothic story must be effective and dramatic. Normally the whole story comes together to make sense, for instance like the "Signalman". You finally realise why the spirit as hanging around. It was because he was foreseeing his own death.

  1. Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea - complete set of notes, page by ...

    The old man lives a very religious life; a measure of his piety is that he goes 'barefoot'. Page 13 Martin is the owner of the caf´┐Ż on the terrace. He gives the old man and the boy some food; he makes a charitable donation and exhibits the Heavenly Grace of charity.

  2. With Close references to the texts you have been studying, explore how the authors ...

    the story as 'building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curved wings, like claws of a crab, thrown out on each side'. A manor in ruins was a very typical setting for gothic stories as it helped tell the background of the character that lived inside and the history behind each imperfection.

  1. How has suspense and supernatural been presented in The Red Room. The Signalman and ...

    in gothic horror, they will either be a weak woman in distress,a senile old woman or a evil figure known as Femmes Fatales. My second point is that in RR "TSM "and TTH "use repetition in their stories although in RR and TTH its used to show fear but in

  2. How do the writers of The Red Room, The Signalman and The Man with ...

    One key feature of a story is to hook the reader in. in the opening of The Signalman, the narrator seemed curious to know what was "Below There!" he was attracted to what he had seen. It is very rare for a person who has seen something so different to

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