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Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in "The Signalman", "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and "The Red Room." Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere. Three different stories, all of mystery trying to keep the reader gripped until the ending, each story keeps the reader in suspense by using what is called a 'Hooking Device', to keep the reader reading, the author needs to use a successful 'Hooking Device', and a brilliant question to keep you reading to find the mystery answer. The Red Room, I believe was not a solution, the main character treks off to find the rumoured ghosts, but unfortunately wasn't successful. In The Signalman, I didn't think this was a solution simply because, in the end of the story, the signalman gets killed. Finally, The Speckled Band, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finds out that The Speckled Band, was actually a kind of snake. These three stories have another thing in common, they are all Victorian, they where all written when she was Queen. ...read more.

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train unfortunately killed over ten people, Charles Dickens was upset and distraught, and you will often find his stories are based on his upsetting. Dickens uses words like 'dungeon', 'gloomy' and 'barbarous' in his story. The readers automatically think that this is going to be a spooky, lonely setting. When I read the story, I can't help to get the feeling of a country, foggy, lonely setting, with just an obscure signal box in the middle of nowhere next to the railway. 'A dripping wet wall of jagged stone, excluding all but a strip of sky', this particular quote makes the scene look darker by the excluding of the sky, and makes it also look gloomy and damp. Again, to prove my point in the atmospheric settings of the story, I found 'a gloomy red light and a gloomier entrance to a black tunnel', the part 'gloomy red light' used in my quote, makes the effect by the waving fog passing the red light. The Adventure of the Speckled Band was surprisingly written while Jack the Ripper was still active with his gruesome killings; this makes me think some of Doyle's stories may have been slightly influenced. ...read more.

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This story is mostly involved in castles and moonlight, atmosphere wise. 'The moonlight picked out everything in vivid black shadow or silvery illumination', this line is also good for explanation, it is saying 'moons light' has the dark shadows. Also with 'Listening to a rustling I fancied I heard, but there was absolute silence', gives me the expression that maybe he is alone, or hearing things he doesn't maybe want to. Out of these stories I think 'The Signalman' was the spookiest, and 'The Red Room' was more of gothic style writing. Also, all of these stories are of mystery, with puzzles to solve and answers to be answered, this is what keeps the reader reading until the very end, it would be disappointment for a reader to start a mystery story, and never finish it. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'. The three stories also draw out a good sense of imagery in my mind, this happened throughout me reading the story. What the stories also deliver is a particularly good lighting, with gloomy setting along with a cold feeling, whilst you read them, which is a great bonus when it comes to writing mystery / thrilling stories. ...read more.

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