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Introduction A gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that existed in English Literature in the last third of the 18th century and the first two decades of the 19th century, the setting for which was usually a ruined gothic castle of Abbey. The gothic novel or gothic romance emphasised mystery and horror and was filled with ghost haunting rooms, underground passages, and secret stairways. The stories I'm looking at are The Red Room, The Signalman and The Ostler. The Red Room was written by Herbert George Wells in 1896. H.G.Wells was born in Bromley, Kent on September 21st 1866. Son of Joseph Wells, an unsuccessful shopkeeper and his wife Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant. He broke his hip as a result of a boyhood accident, which limited his sporting activities and so he became a great reader. He got a place as an assistant master at Midhurst Grammar School in 1883. He married his cousin Isabel in 1891 but two years later he left her for one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins, whom he married in 1895. 1903 he joined the Fabian Society but resigned in 1908. Wells wasn't afraid to question Victorian lifestyle and believed in greater sexual freedom for women. Wells relied on his books to make his views known. He lived through the Blitz of London but the despair engendered by the Second World War was too much and he died on August 13th 1946. The Signalman was written by Charles Dickens in 1866.Charles Dickens was born on February 7th 1812. Dickens weaved details gained from first-hand observations of social conditions into his novels. Dickens was no stranger to the poverty in London and other great cities in the first half of the 19th century. His father was the model of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, whose total incapacity for financial management led him and his family to debtor's prison. The technique was used by Dickens in his novels, and by sanitary reformers in their reports. ...read more.


"She continued to provide, hardly enough for her simple wants, to keep a decent home for her son whenever his ill-luck made him come home." Rebecca Murdoch seems to be younger than Isaac but we do not actually find out her age. Wilkie Collins has described her as a "comfortable and happy women, she spoke with a purity of intonation." "Her slightest actions seemed to have the easy negligent grace of a thoroughbred woman. Her skin, for all its poverty-stricken paleness, was as delicate as if her life had been passed in the enjoyment of every social comfort that wealth can purchase. Even her small, finely-shaped hands, gloveless as they were, had not lost their whiteness." "She has light grey eyes and Flaxen hair with a gold-yellow streak in it." Other characters are the inn-keeper, the Landlord, the chemist worker, neighbours. Plot The Red Room is about the narrator not believing in ghosts and decides to prove this by staying in a haunted room i.e. The Red Room. At the end of the story the narrator has been injured in the room and the custodians find him and aid him. When he wakes up he tells the custodians that there were no ghosts haunting the room. It was the fear of the room that was haunting it. H.G.Wells uses direct speech, first person which makes the reader feel more involved. H.G.Wells creates suspense by using descriptive language he uses adjectives a lot and very well, the suspense begins when the narrator is on his way to the Red Room and he is describing what the corridors are like at night and the atmosphere, to be alone, what he is feeling, he says things like "Shadows cower and quiver, listening to a rustling that I fancied I heard but there is absolute silence." SHADOWS cower and quiver could be made from live creatures? Ghostly vanished men - ghosts taken men to another world. ...read more.


It was just at broad day. As the engine came out of the tunnel, his back towards her, and she cut him down." "Coming round the curve in the tunnel, sir, he said, I saw him at the end, like as if I saw him down a perspective glass. There was no time to check speed, and I knew him to be very careful. As he didn't seem to take heed of the whistle, I shut it off when we were running down upon him, and called to him as loud as I could call, I said. Below there! Look out! Look out! For heavens sake clear the way." The Narrator points out that the words that had been haunting the Signalman were the words the words that the engine driver had used and even he had had said them to him on the there first meeting. Dickens kept the suspense going until the end of the story by not revealing the meaning of the words that haunt the Signalman; this kept me wondering what would happen next. The Ostler at the end Isaac find out Rebecca Murdoch the women he had married fact the women who had attacked him in the inn. With this in mind he takes the knife off her and Rebecca leaves but she returns in trying to kill him again but Isaac jumps her and takes the knife off her. This time Isaac leaves but every night when it's his birthday he is tormented by the nightmare of her returning. I was a guess but I did think that Rebecca would have something to do with the women at the inn but I wasn't 100% sure if it was actually her who had tried to kill Isaac. To me it was given away when we found out the description of Rebecca, because earlier in the story Isaac had described what the women looked like in the inn to his mother and she had taken notes. Alex Welham 10T ...read more.

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