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Compare how the authors of The red Room(TM) and The Signalman(TM) create a sense of tension in their texts

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Compare how the authors of 'The red Room' and 'The Signalman' create a sense of tension in their texts The stories, 'The Red Room' written by H.G.Wells and, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens were both written in the Victorian era. At the time, the popular genre was read as a form of entertainment. Ghost stories and thrillers were very popular with the Victorian readers, therefore it was essential for the authors to build tension and suspense to keep the readers interest. 'The Signalman' is a short story about a man who works for the railway company supervising the train tracks by the controls in his cabin. The Narrator is a gentleman who is the other character in the story; we never get to know his name. This is one way Dickens builds up tension, by making the gentleman a mysterious character. We similarly never get to know the Signalman's name which adds to the mystery. It is the same in 'The Red Room where the reader is not informed of and the characters remain unnamed. ...read more.


In the signalman's responses to the narrator in the beginning of the story did not exceed more than three words or were simply gestures such as 'yes' in which he had replied without sound, 'I was doubtful' or simply pointing at the red light as a reply. In 'The Red Room' the long sentence 'I entered, closed the door behind me at once, turned the key I found in the lock within, and stood with the candle held aloft, surveying the scene of my vigil, the great red room of Lorraine Castle, in which the young duke had died' allows the reader to see the slight panic in the man as he entered the room. 'The Red Room' and 'the Signalman' both have a characters that begin the story with no belief of the supernatural but towards the end were both wrapped in a supernatural presence. The story in 'The Red Room' centres on an unnamed protagonist who chooses to spend the night in the remote Lorraine Castle where it was by experience that he had come to conclusion that the room was indeed 'haunted'. ...read more.


It also makes the man seem quite unfriendly and suspicious. Charles Dickens uses alliteration to intensely describe an oncoming train. Dickens does this to emphasise the unwelcoming atmosphere, he writes: 'Just then, there came a vague vibration in the earth and air, quickly changing into a violent pulsation,' it is the alliteration of the 'v' sound that allows the reader to almost hear the train, emphasising the hollow atmosphere. This quote also incorporates senses as you can hear the sound the train is making and therefore can to some extent relate to what the traveller must be thinking about the surrounding environment. There are many different ways such as repetition of certain phrases or words, metaphors and similes which the two authors use to allure the reader. The two authors use the same strategies but in different ways to create a vast amount of tension up to a climax that forces the reader to be engaged right to the last word. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joy Isaac Year 10 02/08/2009 ...read more.

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