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Comparing The Signalman and The Darkness Out There

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Ryan Smith 3.1.02 Comparing The Signalman and The Darkness Out There Language The language that Charles Dickens applies to The Signalman is a complete contrast to the language used in The Darkness Out There. In The Signalman the language is very old fashioned and rather formal. Whereas, the language used in The Darkness Out There is very modern and in most cases casual. A few examples of the language used in The Signalman . "Halloa below there." . "One would have thought." . "I was never there, may you swear it?" A few examples of the language used in The Darkness Out There . "I didn't know you were in The Good Neighbours Club." . "Not that you'd put it quite like that yourself." . "A nice style. I expect your mum made it, did she?" Just from the two sets of examples shown above, you can already see that we are dealing with two types of language, one: 19th century Victorian language and two: 20th century modern language. ...read more.


What could possibly go wrong in an old lady's cottage? Mrs Rutter seems a sweet old lady, for example: she makes a cup of tea for Sandra and Kerry, she offers them a biscuit and always refers to them as "duck" or "dear," this makes us feel comfortable and at ease with the situation so we feel Mrs Rutter's house is a perfectly safe place to be. Similarities Between the Settings 1.Both stories begin outside - In The Signalman the narrator approaches the Signalman at the Railway Cutting which is outside, and in The Darkness Out There the story begins outside with Sandra walking through a field filled with ox-eye daisies, vetch and cow parsely. 2.Both settings are very descriptive - Both settings are described in much detail. The Darkness Out There mentions the flowers that are in the field, the bright sunny weather, the carefree sort of environment (etc). ...read more.


Whereas, in The Darkness Out There there is little tension during the story because nothing really gripping takes place but a high level of concern is created by Mrs Rutter because of her actions and speech, at one point Mrs Rutter begins to swear about the Germans and shout. This concerns the reader and makes the reader feel that Mrs Rutter is evil and cold-hearted. Main Characters The Signalman - Troubled at first, not afraid to show his feelings, educated, honest, nice. Mrs Rutter - Seems sweet at first, a liar, cold-hearted, evil. Mrs Rutter and The Signalman have two totally different personalitys as you can see from the descriptions (above). But the characters do have one thing in common, that is they both seem to develop into two totally different people during the course of either one of their stories. The Signalman developes from a troubled old man into an honest, educated, sane humanbeing, and Mrs Rutter seems to do the opposite of The Signalman and turns from a sweet old lady into a cold-hearted, wicked old woman. ...read more.

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