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Comparison of rocking horse winner and the signalman Both stories in their own way show strongly of the existence of the paranormal and convey how innocent individuals can be affected by such powers that are beyond their control. They both explore the pressure and tensions of everyday life and how time at sometimes seems as irrelevant as a puff of dust. However, the written style also differs because of the time's they were both written in. Both writers flourish in taking ordinary people, building up their characters then destroying them in the puff of spiritual procession. The clear differences are obvious from beginning although these two stories can be regarded as ghost stories, their use of language and expression is strikingly unlike. The Rocking Horse Winner seems to have been written for a wider age group including children. 'There was a woman...' is the fragment of sentence used to begin the story like a fairytale even though the ending is not so. The style of language is also very modern when compared to the time it was written in. The Signalman however, is clearly written for a much older age group and unlike The Rocking Horse Winner it is using language familiar and likened to that of the early 1900's. All or the majority of stories pose a principal problem or question to the reader. The Signalman introduces this problem and question very early on whereas The Rocking Horse Winner has left this problem well into the story, with some part of it left to the readers own interpretation. It is set in the late 1800's during the driving age of the steam engine when new technology is seen as questionable and dubious, maybe dangerous? ...read more.


So little sunlight ever found its' way to this spot, that it had an earthy, deadly smell; and so much cold wind rushed through that it struck a chill to me, as if it had left the natural world.' The writer here is using depth, he conveys that when he was standing up above the railroad, looking down onto the signalman, he was in a natural environment with unaffected surroundings, he had sunlight to protect him. However, when he had reached the valley basin down below, he was in a different world altogether, pulled into a "darkness" that seemed too unusual, where a destructive and ominous aura would lurk. The Signalman is a character created to convey true supernatural surroundings where a man is physically and emotionally distraught over this but left to fend for himself. His work is to keep people safe and his work is his life but this haunting has chosen him to send a message which her cannot answer and in doing so, lives are lost. In this story the writer describes the surroundings in sight, smell, noise and physical sense whereas The Rocking Horse Winner is only using a little sight, a little noise and emotional sense. He is trying to convey how physical depth can be uncomfortable. He mentions the sky so as to show that now he is down there, he is alone with the signalman, absolute, and that he is isolated from the habitual world that he is accustomed to. However, both stories show that this upper middle class family and this working class signalman have much in common. 'Paul! She cried, Whatever are you doing?' 'It's Malabar! He screamed in a powerful, strange voice. ...read more.


His matured quickly so as to keep the challenge of bringing love to the family by luck and he dies to bring this money - sacrifice. The eighty thousand that Paul had won was for his parent's but now as an inheritance. The Mother's name is not revealed until towards the end of the story so as to keep something from the reader, one can then create our own picture of the Mother as a name is quite a significant part of a character. During the final part of The Signalman, parts of the mystery are starting to merge together for the narrator and fearing the worst from a telepathic sensation he runs down towards the signalman's terminal. '...Signalman killed this morning, sir.' 'Not the man belonging to the box?' 'Yes, sir.' '.......I called to him as loud as I could.' 'what did you say?' 'I said, Below there! Look out! Look out! For God's sake clear the way' '...Without prolonging the narrative to dwell on any one of its curious circumstances more than any other, I may, in closing it, point out the coincidence that the warning of the engine- driver included, not only the words which the unfortunate signalman had repeated to me as haunting him, but also the words which I myself - not he - had attached...' The writer here is pointing out what his social curiosity has caused, he is now too deeply involved in a deadly and sinister haunting to just dismiss it. The problem the signalman had has passed on to him, the narrator has been drawn into a supernatural world. All the confusion and distress that the spectre had given the signalman had finally killed him, just as it did to Paul. ...read more.

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