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Explain what makes a good mystery story based on your understanding of:"The Red Room" by H.G Wells"The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens

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Explain what makes a good mystery story based on your understanding of: "The Red Room" by H.G Wells "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens Ghost stories are made to scare, horrify and build up suspense until you can't bear it any more. Tension, it creates a atmosphere and when you don't expect it strange things start to happen, maybe its paranormal activity or it could just be your mind playing tricks on you. It tends to make you feel as if there is something behind you, the forbidding, panic before you turn around and see what's actually there. The uneasiness of the place builds tension and the anxiety is then so overwhelming that you feel as if you're enclosed into the room or space. Even if you're in the woods of open area you still feel as if you can't escape. The first story I will consider is, "The Signalman". It begins with the narrator, who pays a visit to the signal box, to speak to the person operating it. The narrator shouts out from above the man, "halloa! Below there!" These words are instantly recognised by the signal box operator. ...read more.

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"The Red Room" is set in Lorraine Castle and three old caretakers look after it. The narrator wishes to visit to visit the haunted room, which is the scene of many previous deaths and ghostly events. In paragraph three, the narrator describes his way to the room. He comes across different objects and shapes that alarm him, but after looking at them longer he finds out that there just pieces of furniture, like statues. He goes through a chilly passage, up a spiral staircase, onto a landing were there are statues and candles with the moonlight glowing onto them. The door to leading into the red room was in a shadowy corner were he then feared to go. When he got into the room he studied it, he found little corners in which the room was in shadow. Like the alcove, large fireplace, mantle piece, great big mirror and some of the walls had dark oak panelling. The room had a great stillness about it and shadowy interior, this startled him. "I was frantic with horror of the coming darkness." At first the narrator is very confident and calm. In the first paragraph he uses the word "tangible", which would mean that he wouldn't get frightened unless the ghost was very realistic and horrifying. ...read more.

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Also this language describes the death of the sister in a very pre-twentieth century way, "Oh my god! Helen! It was the band! The Speckled Band! The stories language is very seductive and makes you want to carry on reading to find out who killed the sister. The language is full of pre-twentieth century words and phrases, which wouldn't make sense in this day and age. I feel that all three stories have their good points and bad points, but I think "The Speckled Band" has the best story and is well written. It is more entertaining than both the other stories and I would gladly read it again. The two other stories had their good parts but overall, "The Speckled Band" was the best choice for me. I think that the Signalman was the most effective ghost stories as it was the only one for me that was actually about ghosts. The others were really about a killer and someone's imagination. The Signalman was the only one to me that actually contained a ghost and some being haunted and then killed. I think the most entertaining ghost story for the nineteenth century had to be the speckled band as it had everything that an audience would actually want in a gripping murder story. Its got action, suspense and drama, which are all the ingredients for a classic and entertaining story like this one. James Evans 11K ...read more.

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