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Explore the way in which writers use language to create a feeling of mystery and suspenseThe Monkeys Paw, The redroom and the Signalman

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Explore the way in which writers use language to create a feeling of mystery and suspense The Monkeys Paw, The redroom and the Signalman I have been studying a range of short stories called The Signalman, the Monkeys Paw and the Red room. In this essay I'm going to explore how HG Wells, Jacobs and Dickens create a story of mystery and tension. Their 19th century short stories explain the days back in time. The gothic atmosphere and dialogue is written to scare people, Victorian times were different to our days. The direct speech and sentence structures are very revealing. All three openings began with mystery and tension. In all three stories there has been a curious visitor. The Monkeys paw was written by WW Jacobs in 1902, It is a typical Victorian family who get introduced to the monkeys paw by a mysterious visitor. ...read more.


Jacobs highlights its supernatural power when the paw moves "It moved, as I wished, it twisted like a snake" cried Mr White, "I wish for two hundred pounds" said Mr White distinctly. The irony message is good/evil. Victorian audiences believed in fate and evil deeds. There is a sense of foreboding when the mysterious visitor arrives he was described as 'Tall, burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage' this adds dramatic impact because it highlights the supernatural part of the story. At the end of this short story Mrs White dramatically changes, she becomes more wild and dominant. "It's my boy, its Herbert" she cried struggling mechanically. She goes mad trying to get to the door in time; this shows a lot of tension of how she changes into a different person at the end. ...read more.


This story appeals to a Victorian audience because they believed in evil deeds and fate. Dickens creates a sense of foreboding with the atmosphere, this highlights the tension in the story. The narrator comes back the next day and listens to the 'Signalman's' story of the spectre he saw one night, a year ago that troubled him deeply. The 'Signalman' explains that he saw a 'spectre'- ghost on the track near the tunnel that called out to him 'Halloa, Below there!' so the 'Signalman' went over to the tunnel but when he got there, the spectre had gone. 'The signalman' ran a long way down the tunnel. There had been an accident. 'Within ten hours, the dead and wounded were brought along through the tunnel over the spot where the figure had stood'. This creates tension in the story, Dickens is explaining what happens on the railway and begins to haunt the signalman. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophie Luck English Coursework 29/03/06 ...read more.

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