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How Do The Authors Of The Signalman And The Red Room Use First-Person Narrative To Manipulate The Thoughts And Feelings Of The Readers And How Are They Similar?

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How Do The Authors Of The Signalman And The Red Room Use First-Person Narrative To Manipulate The Thoughts And Feelings Of The Readers And How Are They Similar? In this essay two novels will be compared. The first written by Charles Dickens entitled, `The Signalman` and the second is H G Wells' `The Red Room`. I seek to find out how first person narration is used to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of the readers and how the two are similar. The two poems are both similar in that they are both pre 1914 prose about ghosts and are based on the supernatural, the two tales also create suspense and tension in the atmosphere surrounding the characters. The stories are written in first person native for example, the authors of `The Red Room` and `The Signalman` both tell the story using speech as the main technique telling the story through the narrator, "Is there any path by which I can come down and speak to you?" this makes the reader feel closer to the character due to his personal experience. The Signalman At the start of `The Signalman` the atmosphere is bizarre. The story begins in a deep, damp cutting adjacent to a tunnel with a railway running through it, which is described as `barbarous`, `depressing` and with `forbidding air`. ...read more.


The Red Room The story of `The Red Room` is set in a gothic castle, the old people who own it cannot live in it, as they are too afraid of `The Red Room`. A castle is a perfect setting for a supernatural story because it is full of haunted rooms, underground passages, secret stairways and a spiral staircase. In the story, the young man explores the castle on his journey to `The Red Room` en route, he comes across an ornament of a chinaman on a Buhl table and then as he approaches the door to `The Red Room`, the tension starts to build up and he enters quickly and quietly closing the door behind him, he finds himself in a huge red walled room, at this point he doesn't really know what is going on and as a result the tension is allowed to fall, but as he becomes more aware of the shadows in the room the tension rises again. This is very like `The Signalman`, when the tension rose, then it was a train and so it fell again The narrator in `The Red Room` is arrogant and foolish in what he says and in the way that he says it "Eight and twenty years I have lived, and never a ghost have I seen as yet", the ...read more.


But the other man is more mystified than scared, `The Signalman` was also scared for the future. However there are parts where both stories do share similarities, for example, `The Signalman` is similar to `The Red Room`, because the experiences of The Signalman forms the foundations of the story which is similar to `The Red Room` where the experiences of the old people form the foundation of the story. The narrators in both stories are different as well. In the `The Red Room` the narrator is arrogant and pompous in what he says and the ways he says it refusing to acknowledge the concept of a haunted room. The narrator in `The Signalman` is more sympathetic and is interested in his experiences. Although the two narrators are very different, there actions in some situation are very similar, believing there are no ghosts. In `The Red Room` there is no feeling of complete closure, however `The Signalman` is completely the opposite there being a complete sense of closure. At the end of `The Red Room` there is little emotion this is due to issues concerning the supernatural, so there is very little emotion at the end of the story, this is in contrast to `The Signalman` where we feel great pity and sadness for `The Signalman's` death. Simon Bevan English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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