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How is the atmosphere of mystery and suspense built up in "The signalman" and "The red room?" Both of the stories, "The signalman" and "The red room" show a different way of understand ghost stories, the themes and use of words make you build up more tension and atmosphere. In the story "The signalman", the writer uses various techniques to make the reader feel uncomfortable. Usually in horror scenes, you would think of a haunted house, pale women, and blood however this is portrayed very differently in "the signalman", the steep slopes and darkness of the cutting and the eerie sound of the wind in the wires all help to convey feeling of suspense and tension. The story takes place in and around a deep railway cutting during the 19th century. The signals are controlled by sending telegraph signals up and down the line and communicated to the operator by a system of bells. The signalman has to change the signals mechanically by means of a set of levers. The cutting itself is "extremely deep, and unusually precipitate." The narrator refers to the "clammy stone" and how "it became oozier and wetter as I went down." The dangerous and slippery path is made to have awkwardness in the story too. The mouth of the tunnel is described as having "a barbarous, depressing and forbidding air." ...read more.

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Unanswered questions and stories are also reasons for mystery and suspense. Good examples can be explained in both stories. In "the signalman" mysteries and questions also make the form of bizarre deaths and repeated occurrences. The first awful disaster occurs in the tunnel when there was no warning sent by the signalman or the train drivers until the train crashes and then dead and wounded are carried out. The next tragedy was when "A beautiful young lady had dies instantaneously in one of the compartments..." These two awkward disasters make the reader think what will happen next and if there were specific reasons behind them. In "The red room" the reader is never told what exactly happened to the young duke and why he fell down the stairs and what happened. Or what joke killed his timorous wife. The deaths that occurred in the house are very unusual and make you unaware of what will happen next. In the both of the stories there are many words and phrases used to make you feel scared or have fear over what will happen. Significant words such as "oozier, vigilant, gloomier" are used in the red room and "unnatural, striking, spiritual" are used in the red room. Another aspect that adds individuality of the stories is the way they included the individual characters. ...read more.

Conclusion

One difference between the two stories is that the signalman's warnings are visual, rather then oral warnings. The Signalman sees someone standing by the red light near the tunnel, waving with the left arm across the face ad his right arm aggressively. The voice of the man cries out "Look out, look out" there is also a strange bell that is heard with vibrations. In the red room, the old man staggered around the table to be closer to the fire. Along with the others, he huddles close, dark against the firelight and stares at the narrator across their shoulders. These slow actions create a spooky and unsettling atmosphere. Within both of the stories there are two very different endings. In "the signalman" it was a supernatural ghost that made all the accidents happen and as luck would have it caused him to die too. The ringing inside the box, is supposed to make up for a accident that will occur however it lead him to his death. In contrast, in "the red room" it was fear that leading to the disaster not a ghost like in "The signalman". "There is Fear in that room of hers..." the capital F emphasizes its importance of a word. In conclusion, Wells and Dickens have built up mystery and suspense in a number of different ways and have work effectively when used. ...read more.

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