• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the similarities and differences between "A Christmas Carol", "The Signal Man" and "The Redroom", and include details about how the writers build up tension.

Extracts from this document...


Discuss the similarities and differences between "A Christmas Carol", "The Signal Man" and "The Redroom", and include details about how the writers build up tension. In this essay I will be discussing the similarities and differences of the three ghost stories I have read. They are "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens, "The Signal Man" also by Dickens and "The Redroom" by HG Wells. In summary "A Christmas Carol" is about a selfish and greedy man who is visited by three ghosts to help him change his future for the better of many people. "The Signal Man" is about a signalman who mainly stays in his little box and he is visited by a ghost who behaves in a peculiar manner, in the end the signalman is killed in a tragic accident. "The Redroom" is about a room which a man visits and he is shocked by a surprise inside the room, though there is no visual appearance of a ghost. There was only a presence of a spirit which was only thought to be there as when the candles were lit they would suddenly extinguish when there was not even a slight breeze. I am now going to be focussing on the different stories. I will first start with "The Redroom" ghost. In the room suddenly after midnight the candles started to go out one by one then the ones in four opposite corners went out then later on all the candles are out then the fire goes out. ...read more.


The cold had become intense'. Also there was an old church tower, 'with a gruff old bell which looked down at Scrooge out of a gothic window'. This relevance of this weather is that it sets the scene for a horror story. What is learnt about Scrooge's rooms is that they are gloomy and are used for business. They are dismal and dreary, 'They were a gloomy suite of rooms... rooms being all let out as offices'. The signalman is made to appear nervous and frightened by him saying 'when you have found it, don't call out! And when you are at the top don't call out!' The signalman is made to seem tired and anxious by 'hollow eyes'. The signalman was being tormented by the ghost by 'it calls to me, for many minutes... "Below there! Look out!" It stands waving to me. It rings my little bell'. The signalman has a premonition. It is 'there is danger overhanging somewhere on the line. Some dreadful calamity will happen'. The signalman is predicting his own death. The reaction of the audience is that they feel sympathy for the signalman as he knows he is going to die. It also creates suspense and anxiety as the audience wait for the death of the signalman. The signalman's state of mind is of pain and 'was most pitiable to see. ...read more.


Also in the story is a gap between the young man all alone in the darkness to him being found in the morning which creates a sense of mystery and leaves you to wonder was there a ghost or was it not, you just do not know. "A Christmas Carol", the setting and characters were described in an eerie and horrifying way that is traditional of a ghost story. The story was well detailed though in places I did not know where the characters were or what was happening. I did not find this frightening, though the third and final ghost was the most terrifying character of all the ghost stories as the ghost 'was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head', also the spirit did not speak nor move. "The signalman" had a sense of supernatural events, like when a young woman died instantaneously in one of the compartments, this however might not have had anything to do with a ghost. Also there is insufficient evidence to prove the existence of a ghost, he could be imagining it, like the narrator said 'this figure must be a deception of his sense of sight'. There might be a ghost or maybe there was not, therefore I did not find this ghost story horrifying. 9 1 Helen Golding ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Signalman section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Signalman essays

  1. Discuss the effectiveness of the ghost stories by Dickens, Hughes and Rhys. Show some ...

    In my opinion the person in the story has to come back to her youth and see her home one more time before she can let go and head off to where ever she is bale to rest. Rhys also invites to look differently at ghosts.

  2. Charles Dickins the signal man

    Dickens must have felt a personal connection to this story and must have let out most of his fears into it, and when the modern reader knows this that then adds a haunting feel to the story. In "The Signalman" there are only really two characters although it may seem like three at the beginning o the story.

  1. Pre 20th Century Prose- A Christmas Carol and The Signalman.

    But when the signalman was confronted about it he said that he would explain his troubles on the next night. The stranger agreed that he would come back, but the signalman told him not to call out as he did the first night if he was going to return.

  2. Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'the signal ...

    The description of the setting is desolated and cold. Dickens use language such as, "a crooked prolongation of this great dungeon" this gives the impression of a vast space, which is unknown and dangerous. And 'this great dungeon' gives an image of the tunnel being a hell-like place. A reoccurring theme in this story is darkness and a sense of not knowing.

  1. The signal man and the Red Room are both pieces of unique gothic literature

    as the sound and sight, this technique appears to make the surroundings life like, and at this point the tension and suspense reach its climax. The Signalman is set in a railway cutting because in 1865, when it was wrote, railways were new and considered modern with many unseen dangers

  2. The Signal Man

    The narrator repeats himself to emphasize his monstrous thought. The next part of the story uses tension in the form of short sentences and then the signal man points to a red light to emphasize danger. It then refers that the signal man works for many long and lonely hours

  1. "The Signalman" and "A Christmas Carol" look closely at the creation of the characters ...

    This means that the ghostly images he kept seeing were a warning for his life. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was written at a time when Dickens was living in London and living a very happy and fulfilling like.

  2. Even though 'The Signal Man' was written in 1866 and 'The Fog Horn' in ...

    Maybe this is because McDunn is more open-minded than the signal man, and doesn't just regard his secret as a horrible thing. Or maybe it is because the Signal doesn't wont to be seen as mad, because if people think he is mad, he will most likely loose his job

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work