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Discuss and compare how atmosphere is created in Victorian ghost stories

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"Discuss and compare how atmosphere is created in three Victorian ghost stories" Atmosphere is created in Victorian ghost stories by using a few main factors- -Characters -figurative language -setting -themes -Era (period of time) The majority of Victorian ghost authors use these factors because they are best to create atmosphere in any story, i.e. for a theme you can use fear, and for a setting you can use an old abandoned mansion, a story can easily be set around this because the two factors fit together as the same genre. The first author that will be used as an example will be using as an example will be Charles Dickens, he was born in 1812, He had a marvellous photographic memory which helped him base some of his characters on people he had met earlier on in his life. The story I will be focusing on by dickens will be "THE SIGNALMAN", this story is a good choice because its atmosphere is built up as soon as you read the story, "THE SIGNALMAN" is being narrated by the gentleman in the story, he is a means for creating atmosphere because he puts in a first person perspective, he gives opinion and tells you what ...read more.

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The next Victorian ghost author that will be used is Abraham stoker (Bram stoker); he is best known as the creator of the fictional character Count Dracula. The story which will be used is "THE JUDGES HOUSE". One of the themes in this story is fear, this is mainly created by using setting and characters, for example, the protagonist, Malcolm Malcolmson needs a place of solitude to do his scientific research and so he finds " an old shambling, heavy built house of Jacobean style , with heavy gables and windows, set higher than normal, customary houses" he finds the perfect house for his research, this is also the perfect house to build suspense, horror and the theme, fear. This particular story brings different eras(periods of time) to it because the house that malcolmson takes residency in has a history, as malcolmson asks to stay in the house to the landlady, she replies "not in the judges house!, she said, and grew pale as she spoke... the abode of the judge who was held in great terror because of the harsh sentences and his hostility towards the prisoners at assizes", this makes the plot, and in turn it creates a negative atmosphere towards the house. ...read more.

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The example of era (period in time) that happens in the story is more of a thought than it being existent: "an older age when things spiritual were indeed to be feared, when common sense was uncommon, an age, when omens and witches were credible, and ghost beyond denying". This creates an Atmosphere of wickedness because it reminds you of the period in which everything was religious (religion can get rid of evil) and the church led the public to be against witches, demons and the devil. In all three of the stories there will be a person(s) who has experienced or witnessed the horrors that have happened before, they create atmosphere by giving the story a history.` Conclusion: Atmosphere is created in Victorian ghost stories by using some of the factors said before -Era (period of time) -Theme -Characters -Setting These factors are HOW atmosphere is created in these three Victorian ghost stories because they are best to put what is needed for a ghost story in the plot: suspense, history, death and a mystery to be solved. Word count: 1528 By: Amar Dusanjh -9F ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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