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Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'the signal man',' 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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Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'the signal man', '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 This report is examining the different settings and atmospheric effects used by writers in three different stories. The stories are called, "The Red Room", "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Signal Man". The stories are different but they all have a mysterious theme to them and they all try to keep the reader gripped and engrossed in the story until the final ending 'The man with the twisted lip' is a murder mystery detective story. The reader is kept in suspense because they want to find out who committed the murder or even if there was a murder. The reader is engrossed in the story because they can pick up the clues with the detective and therefore try themselves to form theories or ideas to solve the mystery. This creates suspense because the reader wants to find out what actually happened, who committed the murder and why. The ending of the story is a solution and tells the reader exactly what happened and why. In 'The red room' suspense is created for the reader because they don't know what is in the room. What the characters say about the room and their fear for it, entices the reader's desire for the answer to what is in the room. ...read more.

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It was written and set at the same time that the notorious Jack the Ripper was at large. Throughout the story various places in London are visited with chilling descriptions. For example, "Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves" this creates an image of a dangerous place, out of sight and unprotected. The word 'lurking' suggests that maybe they are being watched by someone out of sight. And "High wharves" creates a dominating image making the characters seem open and vulnerable. This creates suspense because the reader fears that something bad may happen to the characters. Dr Watson narrates the story; he is not the main character, but an observer who offers his thoughts, feelings and opinions on the main character, Sherlock Holmes. There are very clear contrasts in the story. The main contrast I found was between the different classes of Victorian society. For example the first scene is set in the home of a well off person. The story says, "We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps upon the linoleum." This shows that they have a maid to answer the door and to have linoleum in Victorian times was seen as very classy and only rich people could afford it. The next scene is in a poor area. "Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the mouth of a cave" The words "black gap" and "mouth of a cave" Creates a dark and scary setting. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a good way of creating suspense because the reader can relate to the characters emotions. "The signalman" and "The red room" use cold temperature to suggest supernatural presence. The tunnel in 'the signalman' is described as cold and in "the red room" the corridors of the castle are cold and damp as the narrator walks thorough. But "The man with the twisted lip" does not use any such cold imagery. This is because it is not a ghost or supernatural story, it's a detective story. The other two use cold to suggest a supernatural presence or a ghost. But there is no ghost or supernatural being in 'the man with the twisted lip' so cold imagery is not used. All three stories use darkness to create suspense and to scare the reader. In 'the man with the twisted lip' the alleys and streets are described as dark and vile. Also the steps leading to the opium den and the den itself are described as dark and 'gloomy'. 'The signalman' also uses lots of dark imagery to describe the tunnel. And in 'the red room' the passageways and rooms are all dark and gloomy. All the stories use darkness to convey a feeling of unknown. If you cannot see everything in a room or space, then you don't know what is there, this creates suspense and frightens the reader because they begin to speculate what evil creature or person may be lurking in the shadows. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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