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Compare the ways in which the authors in the three stories 'The Signalman', 'The Red Room' and 'A Terribly Strange Bed' present mystery and fear.

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Introduction

Compare the ways in which the authors in the three stories 'The Signalman', 'The Red Room' and 'A Terribly Strange Bed' present mystery and fear. 'The Red Room', 'A Terribly Strange Bed' and 'The Signalman' all aim to create mystery, suspense and fear in the reader. Although all achieve this, they all do it in their own unique way. 'The Red Room' is about a person (the narrator) who goes to a 'haunted' room in an unknown house; they are sceptical of the haunting and aim to discover the truth. 'A Terribly Strange Bed' is again based around the narrator (as is 'The Signalman') however in 'A Terribly Strange Bed' the narrator goes to Paris gambling, and consequently wins a lot of money. He then proceeds to spend the night in a terribly strange bed. Like the previous two stories the narrator in 'The Signalman' is unnamed creating mystery and questioning in the readers mind. ...read more.

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The clever use of language is used effectively throughout, they describe the room like any other and as a reader you begin to question the possibilities as to what could happen in this room and what has happened before. Very different from the others 'A Terribly Strange Bed' is set in a gambling house away from everything else it seems. It has a suspicious feeling and setting about it. This makes the reader expectant of what could happen. All three stories have very different settings however they are all very effective because they are relevant to their stories and characters. In all three stories the narrator is not named and remains unknown throughout. This is a very effective device used by the authors, not naming or identifying the narrator generates a lot of mystery. It creates an atmosphere of unease, not knowing who the people you are reading about really are. If you know who someone is and what they are like you can predict their actions. ...read more.

Conclusion

However in resolution the narrator escapes and manages to have the conniving villains arrested for their crime. All endings are uniquely effective. All stories achieve their purpose and intention of creating mystery and fear, but all have their own perspective and achieve this in their own way. In these short stories the reader is constantly questioning and on the edge. I think all stories are very good but in different ways, 'The Red Room' has a good ending because the twist that's so destructive is in fact the narrators own mind. In the story 'A Terribly Strange Bed' has a very good ending, a very ingenious twist and the most resolution. The bed trying to kill the narrator is very ironic and relevant to the title. However 'The Signalman' is the most tragic as the signalman is the only one who dies out of all the stories. I like the fact that in all of them nothing can scare or hurt the reader, except of course, 'Fear itself'. ...read more.

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