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  1. Examine the Settings Which the Writers Have Chosen for the Short Stories "The Kit Bag", "The Signalman", "The Monkey's Paw", "The Man With the Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room."

    The signalman wanted to die because he could not discover what the apparition was trying to tell him. In "The Monkey's Paw" there is a contrast between light and dark. The 'Cold' and 'Wet' is being contrasted with the warm and bright house. We know the house is warm and bright because "the fire 'burned brightly". "The Man With the Twisted Lip" has a another way of engaging the reader as the climax isn't one with a lot of action, or tragedy it is all very subtle, as the writer uses suspense to find out what happened to Neville St.

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  2. The Signalman, The Yellow Wallpaper and Napoleon and The Spectre. In this essay I am going to compare and contrast them. All three of these stories use gothic techniques; however they have a variety of differences as well as similarities.

    The three stories that I have read are; The Signalman, The Yellow Wallpaper and Napoleon and The Spectre. In this essay I am going to compare and contrast them. All three of these stories use gothic techniques; however they have a variety of differences as well as similarities. 'Napoleon and The Spectre,' written by Bronte and 'The Signalman' written by Dickens are examples of the type of stories that were being written at the time. Both stories have strong examples of gothic culture and the supernatural.

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  3. How is language used to create atmosphere in The Red Room and The Signalman

    Archaisms are used throughout both stories. Archaisms are works which are old and not used today. Words such as 'apopelexy' and 'alcoves' aren't used today but are likely to still be found in the dictionary. The language used throughout both stories is rather complex and many sentences are deeply detailed. A well descriptive sentence in The Red Room is 'Their very existence was spectral; the cut of their clothing, fashions born in dead brains'. This sentence is very descriptive as after reading it you get a clear picture of what the old people in the red room look like.

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  4. How characteristic are 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room' of the nineteenth century ghost stories

    The narrator tells us that he 'stood rigid [and] advanced, only to discover a Ganymede and Eagle'. This confirms that the distortion of light plays a large role in creating suspense. This technique can also be seen to be used in 'The Signalman'. Throughout the text, there is a continuous reference to a 'red light' which reflects the sense of danger. It also creates a sense of threat when the narrator describes the tunnel as a 'great dungeon...terminating in a gloomy red light.' This exemplifies uncertainty, and by using the word 'terminating' foreshadows the sudden end that concludes the story.

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  5. An Essay comparing three short stories, The Red Room", "The Club Footed Grocer" and "The Signalman"

    This does not let the story expand much at all. However in "The club footed Grocer", there was a relatively large setting in which the story I developed. The meaning of tension is to be in a state of being tense, a strained state or condition. There is also mental or emotional strain; this is the type of tension I will be looking at. Suspense is a state of feeling excited or anxious uncertainly about what may happen. Also there is a hormone change when under this state, causing faster heart beats.

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  6. A Comparison of The Red Room and The Signalman

    The dead and injured were brought over the spot were it stood on. The second death happens to a young and beautiful lady. After stopping the train they find her dead in the cabin. It is a very strange and sudden death, which makes me feel eerie and afraid, more than just knowing someone died, how this person dies and who did it. The most mysterious death is when the narrator went in the morning to the signalman's box and finds him dead, under the "danger light" peacefully. That is what I like, it is very mysterious and don't know who did it all, not like in 'The Red Room' the deaths were not convincing to me.

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  7. "The Signalman" and "The Red Room" are well known examples of nineteenth century ghost stories

    Both stories have managed to engage its audience by creating suspense and tension. Besides that both stories have been written in first person, this in sequence makes it sinister, in a way because we get to know the narrator's impressions and feelings. The authors of both stories have selected discomforting places in which to set their story, they are made more eerie because that in the 19th century time many people believed in ghosts and the supernatural. First of all The Signalman is located in a very isolated place, as the narrator describes "as solitary and dismal a place as I ever saw" This suggest that it is a remote, despondent place which is suitable for the supernatural to exist.

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  8. "The Signalman", "The Red Room" and "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

    Dickens' story "The Signalman" is the oldest of the three, 1866, whereas the other two are less aged and date back to 1891 for "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and 1894 for "The Red Room". Whilst all three authors are attempting to hold the reader in suspense, the places in which the various tales are set have proved to be very, very diverse. "The Signalman" written by Charles Dickens in 1865. Dickens wrote this thriller a year after he had been involved in a railway accident himself.

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  9. The Signalman

    Also at this time we the readers don't know who any of the men are which makes us ask ourselves questions which creates suspense. He goes on to describe the man below him " there was something remarkable in his manor of doing so" what's being said is creating even more mystery for the reader which is effective to create suspense. In addition there is know physical description of the signalman so theres know telling what he is or who he is and we cannot just make an assumption on thing to do is to read on.

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  10. The Signal-Man and THE MONKEY'S PAW

    Below there" as the story unfolds this quote becomes very important. At the start of the story "The signalman", suspense is created when the narrator calls out to "the signalman"; the signalman seems to stare at him in shock. It seems to be weird because the signalman seems to fear the narrator, or is somehow astonished by his presence. The signalman's actions create ambiguity, which is successful to create the overall suspense. Both the writers use conflict to create suspense, for example in the signalman, the narrator and the signalman seem to show a sense of conflict.

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  11. 'The Signalman' and 'The Black Cat'

    Having the words of a person gives you a better idea of their personality. I have recently studied 'The Signalman' written by Charles Dickens and 'The Black Cat' by William Wintel. They were both written in the 19th century. 'The Signalman' is a mystery story about a man getting involved with a signalman. As he first calls down to the signalman, he becomes part of the nightmare. The writer plays the part of the detective as the story is written in the first person. He starts off as just a passer by, but notices the strange, lonely man.

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  12. The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, "The Clubfooted Grocer" by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, "The Red Room" by H. G. Wells and "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens

    It also helps the reader to create a vivid image of an old and frail paw which looks as if it can bring bad luck to the owner. This story is written in the third person which makes it objective and much more realistic. It is realistic because we can be sure that the events took place and were not just part of the imagination or thought of one character. It also allows for a more broad-based view of the on-goings as it does not follow one particular person throughout the story.

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  13. How Does Charles Dickens Use The Ghost Story Genre To Provoke Fear In Both The Victorian And Modern Reader Of "The Signalman"?

    Even though the reader has started in the middle of a story, the Narrator has not given much information away at all; we can only guess that the man being called to is the Signalman and we know nothing about the Narrator. When the signalman hears the voice, he could not have doubted the direction the voice came from, but instead of looking at the Narrator on top of the steep cutting nearly over his head, he looked down the line.

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    'he turned about, and looked down the line.' We are then acquainted with the characters and introduced to the problem at hand. In the Black Veil the characters are appealing whereas in the Signal man Dickens makes the characters less appealing so we can focus on the problem. The Doctor is portrayed as a optimistic man who does not dwell on gloomy thoughts. 'If he could only tell her that he had found a patient at last, and hoped to have more'. The doctors is also compassionate towards the woman in the Black Veil.

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  15. Suspense - The Signal Man

    However, there is a trait that they both share. They are both very isolated. This lonesome feeling is far from comforting and therefore adds to the general atmosphere of the novel. The scene is described to be very unnerving and fits in very well with the gothic theme. The cutting is like a deep chasm in the earth. The tunnel is pitch-black and the entrance is personified as a 'mouth' that supposedly devours life like a monster. The signal man's post is dark, dismal, and isolated.

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  16. Compare the two short stories, "The Signalman" by Dickens and "The Withered Arm" by Hardy.

    The "dark" setting deep in the trench, which admits "so little sunlight", and where the "on coming rush" of the train causes "vague vibration" and "violent pulsation" in the "earth and air" sets the mood for the supernatural occurrences. This haunts the readers as the narrator feels he has "left the natural world." Furthermore, the surroundings and atmosphere of the "lonesome post" which the Signalman occupies appears very mysterious, especially the "black tunnel." The opening scene which is set in the "cold", "damp" and "lonely" railway cutting near the end of a "tunnel" is described well, as being "Extremely deep and unusually precipitous" and "solitary and "dismal."

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  17. A Comparison Between 'The Red Room' and 'The Signalman'

    This sets an excellent scene. The narrative styles in the two stories are very similar, but both suit there genre of story perfectly. 'The Red Room', is written in the first person narrative, with the main character being the narrator himself. This gives a very personal and detailed account and the reader sees everything that the character sees. This is an effective method, as it maintains suspense throughout the story. In 'The Signalman', the story is also written in the first person narrative, except with the narrator being an unnamed person.

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  18. Review three of the short stories you have read and say how they were typical of their genre and what ideas they explore that are still relevant today

    In Ancient Greek legends, the entrance to Hades Underworld or death was often portrayed as a dark tunnel or cave. The main character is a signalman, he is working class but "educated beyond his position". He is very particular and vigilant about his job. He has fixed eyes and "a saturnine face". The job and its position are lonely and solitary but the signalman is happy like that. He willingly worked in his environment. He gave the impression of hardly being a man, could he be a ghost or is he mentally ill?(mentally ill people often live on the edge of society in lonely positions)

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  19. Do Victorian ghost stories follow a formula? Explore the techniques Victorian writers use to make their ghost stories effective. How effective are they and why?

    The stories are therefore slightly influenced by this background to when they were written. This essay will analyse, Victorian influences as social division, advances in technology and the Victorian interest in the supernatural. The openings are designed to grab the reader and make them carry on. It can also influence the reader whether to feel the opening emotions and feelings of the story. The stories this essay is dealing with, all start in the middle of a scene. This immediately makes us wonder what has happened so far. It's as if we have eavesdropped on the stories, only to catch a part of it.

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  20. The Signal Man

    There then came a 'vague vibration' in the earth and air, quickly changing into a violent pulsation. This suggests that there is a disturbance in nature, this means that the train is coming. After the train had passed, the signal mans looks up again and motioned towards a point on the narrator's level, the man then heads for that point. As he headed for that point, he noticed a rough zigzag path notched out, this suggests that there could be danger. It then goes on to describe the setting. The cutting was extremely deep, and unusually precipitous, it is a very dismal and dreary setting.

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  21. Using a selection of short stories written before 1914, compare and contrast their authors' treatment of fate and/or the supernatural

    Although Rhoda can feel its presence, it is extremely strange that it should be sitting on her chest in the middle of the night, and it is undoubtedly a vision or a distortion of a dream. Harding even describes it as a "spectre." This is further confirmed by its sudden disappearance, "She looked on the floor whither she had whirled the spectre, but there was nothing to be seen." The whole story really revolves around the actions of the spectre or vision, and this is the definite supernatural element in the story.

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  22. Question: What are the ingredients of a successful ghost story?

    The Signalman and The Old Nurse's Story were written nearly thirty years before the red room. The Signalman was about a train crash. At that time trains were a new invention so everyone had never heard about a train crash before. But for us it seems very old fashioned as we are used to modern trains and it running on electrical power rather than coal. The Red Room was set in a one room in a massive house. This already seems scary as there is a big house but one room which is very weird and strange.

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  23. How Do The Authors Of The Signalman And The Red Room Use First-Person Narrative To Manipulate The Thoughts And Feelings Of The Readers And How Are They Similar?

    The scene is set at twilight therefore because of the darkness the two men don't get to see each other properly and this enhances the mysterious element of the story. At the point in which he's just about to go down `the cutting`, a vibration shakes the ground, Dickens writes, `vague vibration in the earth and air`, which describes the movement, he also uses a lot effective adjectives like, `violent` and `pulsation`, which conveys fears and adds to the tension which is building up, but this time it was just a train passing and the tension is lost.

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  24. "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens and "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells are both well known examples of pre-twentieth century ghost stories and are based on the supernatural. Both these tales create suspense and tension in the atmosphere...

    vKp2 Visit coursework ab in ab fo ab for ab more project ab Do ab not ab redistribute vKp2 The narrator is presented as inquisitive and practical man who when confronted with the signalman's problem tries to think of a rational reason for the signalman's sightings but soon finds out that there is no rational explanation. The signalman is a vigilant but troubled man who has been seeing a ghost, and every time he has seen it a person has died on his line.

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  25. How are tension andsuspense created in 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room'?

    Victorian railways were extremely dangerous, and a signalman's job was exceptionally strenuous and demanding. The story is basically about a hard-working signalman, who claims to have seen a spectre, warning him about future events. 'The Red Room' is more directly related to superstition. It is about a relatively young and fearless man entering a 'haunted' room, which apparently contains ghosts. His feelings towards ghosts dramatically change over the course of the story, and later concludes that 'fear' itself is what makes the place haunted. The title itself, 'The Red Room', indicates the overall nature of the story.

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