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Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'The Signalman' '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 THIER STORIES IN 'THE SIGNALMAN' '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. In this essay i will be examining the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'The Signalman' 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Red Room'. I will be discussing the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere. The three stories are all written in Victorian times. Dickens wrote 'The Signalman' in 1865. Conan Doyle wrote 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' in 1891 and HG Wells wrote 'The Red Room' in 1894.All three of them are mystery stories. 'The Signalman' is a mystery story about a man who is works on the railway, who is strangely warned about incidents that are about to occur. The writer of the story keeps the reader in suspense by using different techniques. When the signalman states that he is in trouble he doesn't tell the man why but instead he leaves it until next time, this creates suspense because the reader wants to know why but has to wait. The storyline keeps the reader gripped, when the figure warns the signalman, this makes the reader want to know what is it? Why? And what is going to happen next? ...read more.


He is trying to set an image to the reader of an old castle setting, where a mystery scene is likely to happen, the writer has invented the places himself in the story. He uses effective description of the imaginary settings so that the reader can picture a real setting. I will be examining the settings of Charles Dickens 'The Signalman' and analysing its effects. Dickens uses a lot of detailed description 'vague vibration in the earth and air, quickly changing into violent pulsation' He has created an effect of sudden movement, like shaking or something about to head his way. This shows a sudden change in atmosphere. 'Skimming away over the landscape' this shows an effect of speed over the landscape, fast direction. The writer used the word 'skimming' as in the train was so fast that it looked as if it was 'skimming' away over the landscape. 'The cutting was extremely, and unusually precipitous' the writer describes detailed cuttings in the path, he creates tension when describing every little detail carefully of the surrounding atmosphere. 'terminating in a gloomy red light, and the gloomier entrance to the black tunnel' the writer describes the setting looking 'gloomy' this creates an effect of the red light standing out with a gloomy look and the 'gloomier' tunnel, describing to us the darkness of the entrance but using the word 'gloomier' so it has a more scary sounding effect to it. ...read more.


All three stories also state the different light settings like the darkness of the surroundings. This is mentioned a lot when it comes to describing the setting, all three mention the amount of light in the atmosphere, the blackness, gloom, and the different types of light settings. There is also quite a lot of similar description used about shadows like changing shapes e.g. flickering candles and movements of shadow and wind. One difference about all three stories was that they are all set in three completely different settings.' The signalman' is set on a quiet railway setting 'The Red Room' is set inside an old fashioned castle and 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' is set in the old dirty streets of London. In all three stories you can identify where the place is, the reader could tell for 'The Red Room' that the setting of the place was set indoors because of the description used for the surrounding and the atmosphere inside as for 'The Signalman' you could identify that the story was set on the railways because the writer had chose clear descriptive writing to describe a real life 'railway' settings and as for 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' you could tell that the story was set in the horrid old streets of London because the writer had used extreme description of the state of London at that time. Out of the three mystery stories, some were considered to be man-made hell holes and some were natural hell-holes. ...read more.

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