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Examine The settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in "The Signal man", "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 I have chosen three separate stories out of 6 stories that i read, each mysterious and attempting to grip the reader till it's ending. All use mystery but in a variety of settings. two using the supernatural, " The red room" and "The signal man", the other using crime and murder, "the man with the twisted lip." The red Signalman keeps the reader in suspense by developing the spector through out the story and slowly revealing the Signal man's experiences with the spector. The end is a dramatic anti climax as the Signal man is killed, The story has led us on a path but yet we never find out who or what the spector really is, Only revealing that it appears when an accident is going to happen. "The Red room" also uses the supernatural in its mystery and suspense. This story as well as using a developing sequence of spooky events during the night to keep the reader, uses the characters own mind to scare him. Discovering that the only thing to fear is fear its self. In "The man with the twisted lip" the reader is sucked in to a missing persons enquiry and the dodgy dealings of a dark opium den. The story is developed up to a point where the reader has reached one conclusion when there is a complete twist in the tale. When the suspect turns out to be the missing person. Historical background can help to show why each writer made their choices of settings. During the Victorian period Tales of mystery and suspense where extremely popular, especially ones telling of ghosts and spector's as this was another world not understood by the Victorians but yet they were still embroiled in a superstitious and religious culture, half way between modern science and ancient superstition. ...read more.


Or is the spector the psychological killer of the signal man? This dramatic anti climax never allows the reader to relax even after the story has ended, leaving an effective permanent mystery as the story comes to no conclusion of what the spector is, real? Or a figment of the signal man's imagination as he pre-eminences his own death? From the beginning of "The man with the twisted lip" Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to make the reader plunge in to a personal story of drug addiction, and the ruin of a man, or so it appears at least. This draws the reader in because already they have been familiarised with one of the main characters Isa Whitney. This opening paragraph is effectively used as a mini biography from the narrators opinion "some foolish freak." "and for many years he continued to be a slave to the drug" this extract is quite emotive and shows how he has been over taken and makes the reader feel empathy for Isa Whitney as they now feel familiar with him almost straight away. The reader is further taken in by Isa Whitney's story during the introduction of his wife Kate Whitney " he has not been home for two days . I am so frightened". This is where the story changes from a sad, emotive and personal story to one of mystery and suspense. A missing persons case has begun. Along with the introduction of Kate Whitney there is also the introduction of the narrator and the familiar to the reader Dr Watson. This familiarises the reader with the text as Watson is a recognized and liked character from the Sherlock Holmes series. Watson sets of to find Isa where he thinks he might be found. The opium den. The setting of the opium den sucks the reader in because This is a dark , dangerous place and an integral part of the London underground scene in the late 1800's that makes the reader feel as though they are having a glimpse in to a whole different world. ...read more.


This technique is used to immerse the reader in to the depths of each text, always including the reader with great effect in to the story. There is heavy use of imagery in all of these stories, playing an integral part of setting the scene. Whether it be thermal or light all are well backed up and complemented by clever use of adjectives. "'Its germinating darkness," from the red room describes a darkness spreading and growing almost sprouting in to life in the room. Thermal imagery is used in the signal man "there was fire," although this may not seem so obvious i believe that it show that the signal man's box was warm and safe compared to its harsh surroundings. Geography can sometimes be extremely important to a story, such as in the " the man with a twisted lip" where it is important that the reader knows that the story is set in London mentioning areas such as "East of London Bridge" because of the social atmosphere at the time, and the high levels of crime in London, sherlock holmes provided some kind of hope. But in contrast It is not important to know exactly were in the country a story of supernatural mystery happens. In "the signal man" the only crucial facts are that The story is set in a railway trench and in the country were the narrator comes as it seems on holiday. This probably provides more mystery to the story as it makes the setting seem remote and like anything could happen and probably go un listened to or unnoticed. In "the red room" all that the reader needs to know is that the story is set in a castle with a haunted room. There is no need to know the location because it bares no relevance to the tale what so ever because there is no part of the story that ventures from the castle. All three stories are perfect examples of a variety of Victorian tales of mystery and suspense perfectly showcasing what made them attractive to the Victorian audience. ...read more.

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