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How do the authors develop Atmosphere and Mood in the Stories “The Red Room” , “The Signalman” , “The Club-Footed Grocer” And “The Hound of the Baskervilles”?

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How Do the Authors Develop Atmosphere and Mood in the Stories; "The Red Room", "The Signalman", "The Club-Footed Grocer" And "The Hound of the Baskervilles"? All of the authors of these stories use heavy atmosphere and mood, however they have developed it using different methods, ways and styles to develop variable psychological effects from using devices like fear, shock, surprise or an unexpected twist in the plot from unsuspected occurrences. Each of these nineteenth stories common similarity is that pathetic fallacy is used to accentuate the weather, scenarios and environments and that they are all of the same Victorian era, particularly at this time ghostly mysterious tales were very popular. The Red Room "The Red Room" was written by H.G. Wells in the late Victorian era of the eighteenth century and was published from his "Completed Stories" by Saint Martin's Press. It is clearly written in first person narrative shown by the opening sentence; "I can assure you," said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me" This instantly shows the man to be very strong willed, this therefore helping to set an unnerving mood later on in the story, when he becomes afraid of a mysterious presence, although he is certain nothing supernatural can happen, which is hubris. ...read more.


which the traveller observes and realises, then ponders the potential consequences of what might happen if the man's stress continues to build, and therefore feels concern for the signalman. This consistent worry for the Signalman's welfare is another method of how Dickens builds up tension in the story, making the reader constantly feel concerned for him, worried in case this mental strain leads to a nervous breakdown. We know from when the traveller observes the book collection that the Signalman has in his hut that he is intelligent. He has studied mathematics and literature in his spare time as shown in the text; "He had taught himself a little language" showing that he knows something of English literature, or possibly a foreign language, and seems to possess a quite overall well-rounded intellect because; "He had also worked at fractions and decimals", this making the reader wonder why he is a signalman and not something more prestigious. This also adds to the stories strange and mysterious ambience. Dickens also uses irony in his tale to help create a sense of tension. The most important example of this is when then the visitor, and narrator of the story, offers to stay the night with the Signalman. However his offer is refused. The reader at this point knows that because the Signalman is on his own, something is bound to happen to him. ...read more.


This must make him feel very daunted at the prospect of the introduction. Unlike the nephew who is shown as quite on edge to meet his uncle, quite contrarily the uncle is shown as very comfortable to meet his nephew, however has a sense of urgency about talking to the lad as made clear by what he says; "'So, nephew,' said he, holding out his hand' to make the first introductory move " 'come in, come in man, quick, and don't leave the door open." This gives the reader the impression that the uncle is on the run from someone, who happen to be a gang of sailors later on as the plot thickens. The fact that Conan Doyle uses diamonds in his tale is due to the fact that in this story's contemporary era, then, as like now, diamonds were considered as very precious valuable objects, making the motives for the man's crime obvious. This is what the impression of the uncle not letting something on is, and is also given away by the uncle's paranoia about security; He insists upon all of the doors and windows being securely fastened, despite the fact that he lives in out a long way into the countryside. The boy would also feel quite out of place. Conan Doyle ?? ?? ?? ?? Alexei Ferentinos English 10 G Set One Anson House Mr. Madge ...read more.

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