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English coursework on 3 stories

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Introduction

Examining the Setting Of 'The Signal Man' 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' And 'The Red Room' 'The Signal Man', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Red Room' are all stories which have been written during The Victorian Times. However, 'The Signal Man' by Charles Dickens is the oldest of the three and is set in the mid-Victorian era. The description of the stories gives us a hint that the stories are written during the Victorian era as it differs from the modern England. 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' was written in 1891 and 'The Red Room' in 1894, which were around about thirty years after 'The Signal Man'. This conveys that they were written during the late Victorian times. Most importantly, all three stories were successful in accomplishing suspense and tension. In the Victorian era, there was a sense of foreboding, as people were inherited into the class system from their previous ancestors. The choice of settings differs in all three stories depending on the plot. It could be said that, the reader will automatically notice during what period the story was written. The ways that the author describes the setting give a noticeable difference from the present. ...read more.

Middle

For example, the story starts off with: "Isa Whitney, brother of late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to opium." This varies from 'The Red Room' which starts of with: "I can assure you, said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." Also this is different from 'The Signal Man' which starts with: "Halloa! Below there!" 'The Signal Man' is more of a mystery genre where 'Sherlock Holmes' investigated the case of a serial killer who has taken away the life of his wife. Arthur Conan Doyle captures the attention of the audience to cause them to read on to the end. He does this by using literary techniques to create a deep sense tension. Throughout 'The Red Room' a sense of tension is built up by the use of emotive language. "If," said I, "you will show me this haunted room of yours, I will make myself comfortable there." This is a sentence that will force the reader to read on so he/she finds out what happens to the man. Extremely grotesque characters are used in this story to keep to the gothic theme. The description of Lorraine Castle, the haunted room and the corridors which lead to 'The Red Room' also help keep to the gothic theme. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Just then, there came a vague vibration in the earth and air, quickly changing into a violent pulsation." This part of the storyline increases the temptation of the reader to read on to the end and find out what happens. The fact that the story is written in first story narrative make it more trustful. By using the metaphor, "the tunnel's mouth" Charles Dickens is able to create a gloomy and fearful atmosphere. The quotation "Forbidding air" describes the atmosphere in the railway station as a place that is hard to work in almost like the mines. "Wrapped about me in stifling embrace, sealed my vision, and crushed the last vestiges of reason from my brain." This is a quotation from 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells. H.G. Wells did not wish this story to be closely linked with the period he wrote it in, so that he could examine and explore the ageless nature of fear itself. "I entered, closed the door behind me at once, turned the key I found in the lock within, and stood with the candle held loft, surveying the scene of my vigil, the great room of Lorraine Castle, in which the young duke had died." This quotation creates tension as it tell the reader every move made, which make them think something is about to happen. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework by Shekeb Neda 10.9 Miss Jennings ...read more.

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