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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."

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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." Consider the Effects of the Language Used in Creating the Settings and how it Contributes to the Atmosphere. The five stories I am going to compare are: "The Kit Bag", "The Signalman", "The Monkey's Paw", "The Man With the Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room". They create tension and atmosphere and the setting contributes towards creating the atmosphere. The ending for "The Red Room" is not what someone would have expected. One would have expected a more predictable ghost, but what is found in the room is merely fear itself. The ending for "The Signalman" also has a slight twist in the end as the premonition of the train driver warning him to move. ...read more.


Also, in the "Monkeys Paw" the paw itself is the centre of superstition and also contributes in creating the atmosphere and gives us a sense of mysteriousness. "The Signalman" starts off with the explicit detail of the cutting and tunnel. For example: "a rough zigzag descending path", "a clammy stone that became oozier and wet. These words make us more involved in the story. When we hear the signalman's story, it is one with such a horrific plot that the reader becomes drawn in. Many things are left unknown to us, because the writer gives bit by bit about the signalman's past, creating a quizzed atmosphere .Also, the fact that the visitor keeps interrupting the signalman's peculiar story makes us anxious and desperate to hear the rest of his story. The writer's use of strong and painful personification like: "angry sunset" and "violent pulsation" contributes greatly to the atmosphere. ...read more.


"The Monkey's Paw" starts off with a calm atmosphere, everyone in the family do their own things. The mother is knitting by the fire:"The whit-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire". Also, the fact that the father and the son are playing chess together creates a sense of cosiness and warmth. However, upon receiving the news of their son's death the mother is hysterical: "laid her trembling old hand upon his", and the father is just stunned and can not take it in: "Caught in the machinery, repeated Mr White in a dazed fashion,". Mrs White then suddenly starts crying because she realises that they still have two wishes for the monkey's paw. She thinks that there is a way of bring Herbert back to life: "The paw! ... The monkey's paw," this starts to increase the fear and tension in the story. However then Mr. White finds out what Mrs. White is trying to do and he becomes fearful: "Good God, you are mad!" ?? ?? ?? ?? Abdulsalam Shahin Yr 10 12/11/05 ...read more.

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