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

Examine the settings and characters 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 atmosphere.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Prose Study Examine the settings and characters 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 atmosphere. 'The Signalman' was first published in 1865, written by Charles Dickens, 'The Man with The Twisted Lip', by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was published in 1891 and 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells was published in 1894. These are three stories, which create tense atmospheres. The Signalman was written nearly thirty years previous to the other two stories, society moved on so much through innovation and invention during this time that the stories were written in very different eras. Charles Dickens was influenced in his story, 'The Signalman' by a train crash, which he had been involved in just a year previous to writing the story. As the railway was a relatively new invention at the time, the story was modern and contemporary at the time of press. However today's readers are given a very historical context view with references to steam trains and old signal boxes being permanently, manually operated. ...read more.

Middle

The word deadly hear is very effective and fits in with horror. This implies killings and murder, these are scary things and so this sets the location as being scary as well. 'The man with the twisted lip' is no different as it also uses sounds and smells to create tension. The quote "whistled shrilly" shows this. 'The Signalman' builds up tension in parts by using long sentences and lots of commas within. For example "The nameless horror that oppressed me, passed in a moment,..." the use of these commas adds tension as it slows the reading down. It is describing a lot and the reader is always wondering what will happen next. After this long sentence comes a short sentence "The Danger-light was not yet lighted." This is short and simple to give it impact and emphasize the point. 'The red room' is very similar and uses a long sentence for the exact same effect. 'The red room' also uses similes and metaphors for example, "left an ocean of mystery", this is done to give the reader a better impression and understanding of what is being talked about. ...read more.

Conclusion

The three stories all build up atmosphere during their stories, using similar techniques to each other. The foundations used for building up the atmosphere are the dark; darkness is used to represent evil and scariness, creating a spooky atmosphere from the start. Descriptions are also widely used to build up the atmosphere. Things such as sudden noises are scary, making the reader jump, implementing a scare factor into the stories. Also smells and other sounds are mainly used to create atmosphere, the smell of death will imply evil and increase the atmosphere of the story. I think that the use of the darkness in the short stories is the most effective, as everyone instantly recognizes fear and evil with the dark. The stories are all just as applicable now as when they were written, as they all use the same basic techniques that would still be used today to create atmosphere and enforce fear onto the reader. Also the element of age does not affect them, if anything it just creates more atmosphere, for example 'the signalman' is very outdated with steam trains but this interests the reader more, and creates more atmosphere as the age is associated with evil, spirits and death. Robert Bentham 11.1B ...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. Literature G.C.S.E Prose Critique

    To evoke an atmosphere both authors use very descriptive language which makes both stories very effective. In 'The Signalman, Dickens uses lots of negative words to add to the dark and depressing mood. He uses words such as 'gloomy', 'deadly', 'solitary', 'barbarous' and 'forbidding'.

  2. Charles Dickins the signal man

    Also suspense is an easy and affective way of creating fear, as again, it creates the fear of the unknown. Dickens created these suspense moments by suddenly changing the story for example, when the signal man suddenly talks would be a good point, or when the story goes from a

  1. How is mystery and suspense built up through "The Signalman" and "The Red Room"

    In the "Red Room", the use of language is seen more explicitly than in "The Signalman". The language provides a dark and negative atmosphere: "grotesque custodians"; "shaky" and "atavistic". Through using such descriptions, the author is painting a very persuading image into the reader's mind.

  2. 'The Red Room' by HG Wells, 'The signalman' by Charles Dickens, and 'The man ...

    readers mind which adds to the effect of the story, by doing this the reader will become more interested in the story and will come intrigued because of the techniques that H.G Wells may have used.

  1. Examine the setting and atmosphere in three Gothic Stories: The Red Room by H.G. ...

    In this way, anxiety is maintained throughout the stories, as you have no definite answers to your questions. In The Red Room, 'There is no ghost at all; but worse, far worse...Fear!' It is the fear of your mind. Nothing is actually in the room except what one believes is there.

  2. I will be examining the settings that the writers have chosen for their stories ...

    On the other hand the ending of 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' does give the reader its answers. The reader finds out who the man with the twisted lip was and where the man had disappeared. It is a nice and neat ending, just like a typical detective story.

  1. 'Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in ''The Signalman'', ...

    ''The Man with the Twisted Lip''- this story is written in the first person where the narrator is Dr. Watson, a well known doctor and investigator. The title alone of this narrative is provocative and produces suspense. When we enter the story the reader is introduced to a mystery where

  2. Comparing The Red Room, H.G.Wells, The Signalman, Charles Dickens, He Ostler, Wilkie Collins.

    With this in mind he tries to take the knife off her that she had used against him but as he does not succeed Rebecca says she is leaving and won't come back. But one night she does return to try and kill him again but Isaac jumps her and takes the knife off her.

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