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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', 'The Red Room', and 'The Withered Arm'. 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', 'The Red Room', and 'The Withered Arm'. Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere In this essay I will be comparing the differences and similarities of four short stories I have read, , 'The Signalman', The Red Room', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Withered Arm' also I will be looking at how the writers have created an atmosphere. The four stories are all of mystery and try to keep the reader gripped until the end, all have areas in which there is suspense. In 'The Signalman' Charles Dickens keeps the reader in suspense because when the ghost visits the signal man you don't really know who the haunting warning is for. ...read more.

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'The Red Room' by H.G Wells was a Gothic horror story, which had traditional scenery at a castle (Loraine castle). 'The Red Room' was written in 1894, H.G Wells makes it obvious how ancient and old fashioned everything in the castle was. 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy was written in 1865 and located in Wessex, around Dorchester which Thomas Hardy calls Caster bridge the county town of Dorset where most of his stories were set. 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens was set at an old rail way station, with steam trains. The idea of a signal box in the countryside and being manually operated, gives a sense of historical background for today's readers. 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was set in the streets of East London. ...read more.

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All four stories have differences and similarities, like 'The Signalman', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip and' The Red Room" are all written in the first person but, 'A Withered Arm' was written in the third person. In all of the stories the writers have used positive and negative words like dark, ghostly, shadows, died and positive words like fashion, rhymes, candles and light. The story was told through the eyes of Rhoda then by Gertrude. Out of all the stories I thought the best one was 'The Man with the twisted Lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because the story kept me interested in the story because you don't know if it was a disappearance or a murder. At the end of the story when you find out that Mr St Clair was alive, I was surprised because Sherlock Holmes gathered allot of evidence to show that he was dead for example his coat washed up on the sea bank. Gurmail Singh ...read more.

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