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Compare the way H.G.Wells and Charles Dickens create tension in "The Red Room" and "The Signalman".

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The use of this type of connotation, makes the reader feel terrified, anxious and in an uneasy disposition. "Red light" connotes not only blood, anger and threat, but also peril. The same is to be said for the title of H.G.Wells novel, "The Red Room". "black tunnel" makes the reader think of death and sadness, but also of mourning, depression, gloom and melancholy. These light levels and connotations help H.G.Wells and Charles Dickens to create tension. There are many different themes in "The Signalman" and "The Red Room", there is the obvious fear of the supernatural and the human, fear itself and the timeless question of insanity. Firstly, the theme of supernatural and human in "The Red Room", supernatural is conveyed by the use of the word "ghost", this word is repeated and a ghost is not of human existence. The theme of fear begins to show when the narrator says "there is fear in that room of hers" and tells the "pensioners" that there are no ghosts, just "fear". The theme of insanity becomes apparent, when the narrator refers to the "old people" as "grotesque", "inhuman" and "atavistic", hinting that these old people are strange and abnormal. The various themes are much more apparent in "The Signalman", the narrator frequently drops hints about the supernatural "left the natural world" shows that he has possibly entered another dimension or has just left the world that he knows. ...read more.

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