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'Dickens description of the railway cutting create a strong atmosphere which is well suited to the Signalman'. Do you agree?

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Introduction

'Dickens description of the railway cutting create a strong atmosphere which is well suited to the Signalman' Do you agree? Yaseen Radwan I agree, Dickens gives a description of the railway cutting with intricate detail and encompasses it with a cloud of gloomy and a depressive mood. He associates places and objects with certain impressions which produce this large image of negative and horrifying vibes and feelings. When the narrating character has the first acquaintance of the railway cutting and signalman's box, Dickens bombards you with adjectives and depictions of a morbid and 'depressing' atmosphere. ...read more.

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great dungeon;' The emphasis on the gloominess and 'forbidding' 'deadly' environment conveys the relevance to the storyline of pre-cursor of death and constant haunting and reminder of danger. Dickens also seems to always entertain the possibility of a supernatural presence. For example, the narrator had felt the dread of a following train, and when the wind 'struck a chill' to him. This allows for an interpretation of the apparent interference of a ghost in the plot like an outer world inspiration. ...read more.

Conclusion

The frequent indication of the solitude of the signalman, in the depressive and 'unnatural' atmosphere is vital to the plot, and supports the possibility of a mental disorder and of him creating the 'spectre'. The restriction of the setting to night and at the railway cutting, emphasises on the negative atmosphere and to make you constantly aware of the distraught emotion behind it. The construction of the atmosphere and mood surrounding the mood is indivisible from the plot and is thoroughly suited to it in all respects, ...read more.

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