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Explore the settings the writers have chosen for their stories Analyse how the settings contribute to the atmosphere of each story.

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Explore the settings the writers have chosen for their stories Analyse how the settings contribute to the atmosphere of each story. I am going to explore the settings the writers of the three stories "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" by Arthur Conan Doyle and how they contribute to the atmosphere. In all three stories the reader is kept in suspense one way or another. In "The Red Room" you are kept in suspense from the start as the tension is built up with stories about the room and the terrible things that have happened there. In "The Signalman" you get told very little about where anything is or who anyone is this gives whoever is reading a very eerie feeling about it. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip" however instead of not describing the settings the writer uses lots of words such as dark, dingy and lurking to create a very detailed picture of the characters and their surroundings which draws the reader in and creates a feeling of actually being there. ...read more.

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There are lots of references to light and dark in the red room that give you the sense that wherever you are in this castle something is there with you. The red room itself has an eerie red glow which could suggest danger, blood or death. It also has lots of places where it is pitch black and you don't know what is there, as well as the candles going out. All create a very disturbing atmosphere and the writer has done this to play on your worst fears etc. "The Signalman" has a very vivid setting and the writer has chosen to say very little about the whereabouts of the railway line on which it is set. This itself creates a mysterious atmosphere as the writer talks about the cutting where the train tracks run through as being "a channel of damp air that could never rise up into the sunshine" giving the reader the feeling of it being in darkness with little to no light in the day and pitch black at night making ...read more.

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Words such as vile and lurking make it sound disgusting and a dangerous place to be. The most important setting in this story is the Opium Den which is made to sound very secretive and dark. When the writer talks about the room being long and low and thick with brown opium smoke it gives the reader the feeling of being trapped and not knowing who or what is in there. I believe the writer has chosen to show two very different places; the first being Watson's house and the second being the opium den so as to create a big contrast and to make the bad places seem worse. In all three stories the reader is made to feel trapped somewhere either by not telling you much about the surroundings or giving lots of details to make somewhere such as the opium den seem enclosed and overpowering, the writers of each story also play with words such as vile, damp, dark and light to create a disturbing and unnatural atmosphere in which the story is then set. 1 Daniel Smith ...read more.

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