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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

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. Discuss the similarities and differences between "A Christmas Carol", "The Signal Man" and "The ...

    The horror had struck him as the appearance of the man was a man indeed. A new hut had been built where on had not been there before. I will next be writing about the minor characters in each story, first starting with "The Redroom".

  2. Discuss the effectiveness of the ghost stories by Dickens, Hughes and Rhys. Show some ...

    signs and then work out that she was not dead after all. This is a good use of language and so at first convinces the reader of the narrator's death but then gives the hints of her being alive. This means that when the reader reads the final ending it

  1. How does Dickens create a sense of mystery in 'The Signal Man'?

    Later Dickens comments on the, '...earthly deadly smell...' which is the third sense used that has given an eerie atmosphere. He talks of touch again. The cold wind rushes, that go through the deep cutting that, '...struck chill to me...'

  2. Short, entertaining stories were extremely popular within the Victorian era, and a number of ...

    face as (she) ran' and Hester was so worried about her 'lamb' that everything hurt her. Every word that Gaskell uses here is to increase the tension and suspense and each phrase is hyperbolic, such as; 'perished, and frightened.' This proves Hester's love for her 'wee bairnie lying still, white

  1. How does the author create suspense in the red room

    In 'The Red Room' is arrogant and prejudiced against supernatural explanations. Even when the candles are systematically put out he states' that draft's a strong one" trying to place a logical reason behind what happened, even though he knows that the candles are being turned off.

  2. Charles Dickins the signal man

    On top of the above, fear is provoked in all reader's as they have been placed in an unknown setting with an unknown character, and once the scene has been set, a station, then Dickens has made this recognisable place threatening and alien.

  1. How do the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Signalman' create fear and ...

    says 'it's your own choosing', this gives us the impression that he is warning the protagonist of something which makes it quite terrifying and makes you eager to carry on reading. Also some of the dialogue of the protagonist, particularly when he says, 'it would take a very tangible ghost

  2. Explore the genre of mystery in the Signal, the red room, the monkey's paw ...

    Verbs such as "thrust" testify the power of the supernatural that is engulfing him; there is an element of desperation. Furthermore the use of numbers, "once, twice, thrice," shows the battle between the rational and the supernatural. In The Monkey's Paw and Napoleon and the Spectre, both narrators deliberately withhold

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