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I am only going to be concentrating on three of the stories, which are; 'The Superstitious Mans Story' by Thomas hardy, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'The Cone' by HG Wells. I want to compare the three stories, to see how they prepare

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Prose Unit By Zac Southwood How Do The settings Of The Three Short Stories Prepare Us For The Strange Deaths? For my prose unit, I am studying seven different stories, which all have strange deaths. The seven are; 'The Superstitious Man's Story' by Thomas Hardy.' The Signalman', Sykes and Nancy' and 'Captain Murderer' by Charles Dickens. 'The Curse of the Baskervilles' and 'The Sussex Vampire' by Conan Doyle and 'The Cone' by HG Wells. I am only going to be concentrating on three of the stories, which are; 'The Superstitious Mans Story' by Thomas hardy, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'The Cone' by HG Wells. I want to compare the three stories, to see how they prepare us for the strange deaths; I will be looking at the settings, the people, the authors and the deaths to do this. First I will be looking at where the three stories are set. 'The superstitious mans' story was set in a rural village called Longpuddle 'Philip Holborn was down at Longpuddle spring'. ...read more.

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In 'The Cone' the main character was Horrocks who is described as having a 'clumsy figure' and was the manager of blast furnaces. In 'The Signalman' the main character is the signalman who is described as having a 'solitary' existence. He is 'a dark sallow man' with 'rather heavy eyebrows'. The authors all describe their characters and put them in the environment of their setting. It would seem that all the main characters are distinctive and the authors are creating tension by describing their characters and settings, which will allow for their place in the story to unfold. I am now going to be looking at the deaths in each story and comparing them. In 'The Superstitious Mans Story' William died in his sleep after taking a lunch break 'and then John went up and shook him, and found that he was dead'. In 'The Signalman' the signalman was cut down by a train accidentally 'he was cut down by an engine, sir.' ...read more.

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True. Precisely as it happened, so I tell it you.' The use of language here also shows that by being grammatically incorrect the signalman probably did not have the same education of the narrator whose English is very correct. ' In The Superstitious Mans Story' Hardy uses the language of rural Victorian England 'I can tell 'ee, by what we saw.' This dates the story and shows the social context. HG Wells who also wrote 'The Time Machine' was always fascinated by the progress of the industrial revolution and it is no surprise that his story is set in an industrial environment. All three stories were enjoyable and it is interesting too see and compare how each author develops their storyline and builds excitement through his description of characters in their setting. I preferred 'The Signalman' as the scene set was genuinely eerie by being so isolated and lonely. Only two characters and the mysterious nature of the death where a premonition is fulfilled, also lend to the atmosphere of the story. ...read more.

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