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Examine the setting, which the writers have chosen for their stories in "The Signalman", "The man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room." Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere.

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Introduction

Examine the setting, which the writers have chosen for their stories in "The Signalman", "The man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room." Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere. In the three mystery short stories, 'The Signalman', 'The Red Room' and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip', effective settings and atmosphere are essential for keeping the reader gripped until the end. All three of these stories are examples of the mystery genre. The red room was written by H.G. wells during the Victorian period. It keeps the reader hooked by putting the main character into a frightening situation. Off which there is a history of paranormal activity. There is a kind of solution to this story but it's not really what is expected. The man with the twisted lip was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1891. This story is different because the solution is slightly shown to the reader from half way through. This is the only story with a rational understandable answer to the mystery in the end. This story keeps you hooked because people expected Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery in a strange way as usual. The signal man is the earliest of the three stories written by Charles dickens in 1865. It keeps the reader hooked by making it about the railway which was a reasonably new invention in them days. ...read more.

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The story is set in what was in the Victorian times a very common setting for a mystery story, a medieval castle. The atmosphere begins to be built up by the descriptions of the people who are at the castle. "One man with a withered arm, old women...swayed from side to side, other old man with a single crutch, bent wrinkled eyes covered by a shade constantly coughs and splutters." This gives a sense that absolutely everything in the house is old including the people as well as the people the furniture is also old "the castle and the deep toned old fashioned furniture." "The ornaments and the conveniences of the room... were ghostly thoughts of vanished men" and not "the world of today." This adds up to build an atmosphere of oldness. It makes the narrator feel out of place when he is youth and fresh yet everything around him is old. Then immediately he go to ask about the haunted room. "This haunted room of yours" he is then informed that the title of the room is the red room, this is significant because reward is the color of danger and usually means bad things are coming. After this the man begins on his route towards the Red Room. "along the passage...come to a door...a spiral staircase...a landing...another door...long corridor...up the stairs." ...read more.

Conclusion

The color red once again mentioned as in "The Red Room." Shows danger and gives warning signals to the audience. The word burning mixed with red the smoke and the bodies lying on the floor, sounds a lot like a hellish reality. This is brilliant for the atmosphere because it creates brilliant pictures in the readers mind. The sounds of the semi-alive people in the room also contribute greatly to the atmosphere and the setting in the room. "some silent, some muttered or mumbled some in low monotonous voices some sudden gushes of conversation trailing of into silence." This is good because it shows that the people in the room are crazy because they are not speaking properly. This makes the scene even scarier because the men there are not in natural control of their bodies. After Watson has left this place he goes to Mrs. St Clair's house, this once again is a great contrast to the opium dens of east London. "a large villa" in "its grounds", a drive the house with its "floods of light." And comfortable bedroom." This is good for the atmosphere of the stories because the contrast between the two places Watson had visited is great. The readers would have got a sense of relief when the character returned to the civilized comfortable home. All in all I think that Conan Doyle was trying to use language to show the contrasts between the nice middle/upper class houses with the grimy drug dens of the slums of east London. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Marsh ...read more.

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