• 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 Signalmen", "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...


Settings Examine the settings, which the writers have chosen for their stories in "The Signalmen", "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 "The signalmen" the author, Charles Dickens keeps the reader in suspense by setting the story in a dark tunnel in a railway station. The story contains a sense of mystery and tension. In "The Red Room" the author, HG Wells describes the setting of the castle in a lot of detail. The story also features images of gothic literature like ghosts, hidden room and witchcraft. "The Man with a Twisted Lip" by Conan Doyle is one of many Sherlock Holmes tales. This story contains mystery and murder. The mystery in the story keeps the reader in suspense and makes them want to keep reading. "The Signalman", by Charles Dickens was written in the 1860s when railways were a new mode of transport. For Dickens the choice of setting was contemporary. Early in the 1860s Charles was involved in a train crash. ...read more.


It makes me as a reader think why the signalman shows fear? The signalmen himself in the story is described as looking mysterious, "A dark shallow man". To me this adds and builds up tension because the signalman was thought to be mysterious when he is known as a highly educated man? The sort of language used to describe the setting also contributes to the atmosphere, for example, "stepped in the glow of an angry sunset". Here the narrator is describing the evening, as darkness is about to fall. The vivid red sky. This contributes to the story because it uses describing words to create the atmosphere creates. We also see tension in the short story in one of the conversations between the visitor and the signalman. The visitor says to the signalman "I believed you to be a contented man?" the signalman replied, "I believed I used to be, but I am troubled sir, I am troubled. The repetition of "I am troubled" creates tension because it is strange about what is troubling the signalman this also adds ominous to the story. ...read more.


This is describing what is seen in detail and where its been seen by the investigation team. This contributes to the atmosphere because it is a murder scene, which makes the story spooky because it is a mystery, which makes you wonder where Neville Saint Claire is, and makes you want to read to the end to find out what happened. The language used in "The man with the twisted lip" is sinister it suggests evil, eerie; mystery and also phantom which makes you has a reader imagine the atmosphere. "The Signalman, "The Red Room and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" have many different and similar. Some of the similar are that in all three stories are written in first person. This makes the reader share and experience of the significant setting; also all three stories become Victoria because at the time she was queen. Another similar are all three stories have darkness, flicking candles and glooming, shadows and light. The Red Room and The Signalman have sign of supernatural and unnatural, both stories are also linked to phantom and sprits. A different in the three stories is that they are all set in different settings. ...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. Compare and Contrast the two following short stories: 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and ...

    "The ornaments and conveniences of the room about them were ghostly - the thoughts of vanished men, which still haunted rather than participating in the world of to-day" This quotation emphasizes the ghostly atmosphere that surrounds the room; an ornament is symbolic to a ghost story, it is a decorative

  2. Examine the setting and atmosphere in three Gothic Stories: The Red Room by H.G. ...

    Red is a strong colour and is associated with danger or warning. You wonder how the red room got its name and if there is any danger in the room. The reason it may be referred to as the red room by the old people may be to warn the others not to go in there.

  1. A comparison of how tension and suspense is created in three different stories.

    They were found inside the clubfoot of the uncle. They would have not been found if the club foot had not broken. This creates suspense making the reader read further on to find out what happens. John is allowed to escape by one of the sailors 'Here's your chance, mate, off you go before worse comes of it.'

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

    Below there!' The story that the signalman tells, enables the reader to understand and even sympathize with the emotional entrapment that the signalman must be going through. One last way the author lays emphasis on terrifying the reader is the way the tunnel is described.

  1. I will be examining the settings that the writers have chosen for their stories ...

    On the other hand the ending of 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' does give the reader its answers. The reader finds out who the man with the twisted lip was and where the man had disappeared. It is a nice and neat ending, just like a typical detective story.

  2. Pre-1914 Prose Coursework - How do Dickens and Wells create a sinister and supernatural ...

    In addition, this emphasises that the Signalman must come from a lower class background as many lower class workers would normally have or find work in manual and service jobs. Whilst Dickens uses pronouns, Wells uses repetition to emphasis what the custodians look like, "...the man with the withered arm..."

  1. This essay will compare and contrast the settings which the writers have chosen for ...

    It is not surprising then that Jack the Ripper was able to escape and the cime rate was overly high. The police were criticised heavily by the public for their inefficiency and incompetence in not capturing the Ripper. With this in mind, Conan Doyle created an amateur detective with excellent deduction methods who solved complicated cases for the incompetent police.

  2. Compare two short stories written before 1900. Explore how the writer’s have crafted their ...

    The reticence of the signalman to tell the rambler how to get down is suspicious and adds suspense. There is a tension between the two men when they first meet, this will also add to the suspense. After they have finished talking and the rambler is about to leave the

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