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How does Dickens create an unnerving atmosphere of suspense and tension in "The Signalman"?
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How does Dickens create an unnerving atmosphere pf suspense and tension in "The Signalman"?
Charles Dickens was an author famous for his full-length stories, although he wrote a few short-length ones too. One of those was the "The Signalman" written in the mid 19th century. The genre of this story is horror, and creates an atmosphere which is spooky and eerie.
"The Signalman" is a story written by Charles Dickens about a troubled Signalman and using descriptive language, he creates an eerie, creepy and lonesome atmosphere which is fill of suspense and tension. This is creates by the help of the setting. Although we realise it is a train station, Dickens describes it as a place full of foreboding. As the man, (the narrator) walks down to the Signalman, we describes it as a "deep trench". The word "trench" reminds one of the narrow ditches used for shelter during the war. Although we may think this is a link to war, in actual fact it isn't as the time which the story was written was well before the first century. This gives the setting a sense of claustrophobia, that there is little space
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