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How is the Genre of Mystery used in 'The Signalman' and the 'The Monkey's Paw', and how is this typical of Nineteenth century stories?

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How is the Genre of Mystery used in 'The Signalman' and the 'The Monkey's Paw', and how is this typical of Nineteenth century stories? The writers of the two stories use mystery to entrap and encourage the reader to be addicted to the stories. Giving the readers outcomes of mystery to think about the end of the story but they don't say if the outcomes are possible, this allows the readers' imagination to run wild. This is done in the two stories by giving the reader information about the story but not enough to solve the mystery. The most important thing a writer has to do in a story is give it a title, and this title must attract the reader into reading the story. The two stories create this mystery and want us to read the story, for example 'The Monkey's Paw', in this fable the title makes us think that this is a type of good/bad luck charm like a rabbit's foot, apparently these objects give us good luck. ...read more.

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'The Monkey's Paw' is set during the nighttime this is dark and mysterious and 'The Signalman' is set in a dark tunnel. This is also a good way of creating mystery, as what could lie ahead at the end of the tunnel. But the feeling of being in a warm house in 'The Monkey's Paw' gives us a sense of safeness. This is different to 'The Signalman' as it gives us the feeling of cold, damp surroundings. Also the feeling of trains dangerously going through the tunnel makes us feel vulnerable. The language in the stories plays a key part in the creation of mystery. In 'The Signalman' we think differently about him and this creates mystery as written in these descriptions, "There was something remarkable in this manner of doing so, though I could not of said for my life what." ...read more.

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Word's like 'warn', 'consequences' clearly show that the paw is evil and that you should be careful of what you wish for. 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Signalman' were written in the 19th century and people from that time had a big demand for horror, death and mystery stories. So Dickens and Jacobs must have been popular as writers at that time for delivering all these genres in their short stories. The two stories both ended with a death and a good description of how that person was killed. In 'The Monkey's Paw', Herbert is crushed in the machinery at work and the signalman is 'cut down' by a train. Both of these stories, people died because of different types of industry, industry was at its peak in those days and both writers used industry an exciting look into to the future to cause death in both tales. This would have really captured the eyes of the nineteenth century reader. ...read more.

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