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Compare how mystery and suspence and created in 'The Signalman' and 'The Monkey's Paw'-which text do you think is most effective and why?

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Compare how mystery and suspence and created in 'The Signalman' and 'The Monkey's Paw'-which text do you think is most effective and why? The uses of imagery and diction contribute to the mystery and suspense in a story. Whereas in motion pictures mystery and suspense are potrayed using other factors such as sounds, visual effects and other components that the viewer may understand that the characters dont. This builds up a lot of tension for the viewer because they feel the need to inform the character in the scene. Each story uses mystery and suspense and conveys them in differant ways. Even though 'The Monkey's Paw' contains a lot of mystery and suspense it reveals much more information than 'The Signalman' does which decreases the level of tension. Whereas in 'The Signalman' less information is given out which enhances the tension because the reader wants to know more. ...read more.

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: "the cutting was extremely deep, and ususally precipitous it was made through a clammy stone." there are also frequent pulsations due to the tremors caused by the train passing: " just then there came a vague vibration...Quickly changing into a violent pulsation...This rapid train had passed me." This shows a dismal yet solitary setting for a story we can only assume will be full of mystery. What adds to this suspense is the signalman's alarmed response to the narrator saying : "halloa! below there!." We are given very little information about the characters in 'The Monkey's Paw' especially how the family know the sergeant major. When asked questions he was hesitant and was avoiding the subject of the monkeys paw this made the family as well as the readers more eager to know the mystery of the monkey's paw. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is well dressed and since he has appeared soon after the wish we can only assume that this man is going to bring 200 pounds: "she was watching the mysterious movements of the man outside... he appeared to be trying to make up his mind to enter...three times he paused at the gate...The fourth time he stood with his hands upon it and then with sudden resolution flung it open and walked up the path." but why, we are unsure. This is clearly another sign of mystery. When the signalman is speaking to the narrator his eyes seem to wonder off down the tunnel as if he is anxious about something that may occur in the near future. This supernatural element of the story adds to the build up of mystery and suspense: "he directed a most curious look towards the right light near the tunnels mouth and looked all about it as if something were missing from it and then looked at me." ...read more.

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