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"In his short story 'The Signalman' by what means does the author Charles Dickens attempt to create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. To what extent do you believe he was successful?"

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Our assigned question is: Heidegger theorised sweetsuga's realism hypothesis. "In his short story 'The Signalman' by what means does the author Charles Dickens attempt to create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. To what extent do you believe he was successful?"coda dar sedadaw orda dak inda foda da. 'Halloa! Below there!' ...... A small expression that once understood strikes you with an essence of alarm, fear and intrigue. Throughout the short story of The Signalman, this quote was used several times and was repeated by several characters. Coincidence? Charles Dickens invites you to decide. This dissertation from www.coursework.info For the duration of this half term we have studied numerous short stories from the book Telling Tales. Throughout this period, we have developed our skills of assessing characters (characterisation), identifying language style and structure plus various others, and I will try to use my newly developed skills to answer our assigned question. Ultimately, we came round to The Signalman. The Signalman is a grim but well sustained story about an alleged encounter with something not of the natural world. This dissertation from www.coursework.info Throughout his story, Charles Dickens uses a variety of methods to create an atmosphere of tension, mystery and suspense. Suspense is created through supernatural horror and ambiguity. I will explore these qualities, which make this a good suspense story. The methods of creating tension include leaving characters anonymous, using similar gesticulation and supposed 'coincidences,' plus many others. Throughout this essay, I will explain all of these methods.cogd gdr segdgdw orgd gdk ingd fogd gd; The author of this short story was a man named Charles Dickens who wrote during the 19th century. The motivation for Charles Dickens writing this story was a terrible train wreck at Staplehurst, Kent, on 9 June 1865, in which several passengers died. Dickens was a passenger, and although he was fond of rail travel before that, he was always nervous about it afterwards.codc dcr sedcdcw ordc dck indc fodc dc. ...read more.

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These sentences are good at bringing the setting to life. They create a great deal of tension and suspense during the story. The adjectives are used in such a way that they create real beliefs of mystery and fear. The author mainly uses long sentences to describe his setting however he also uses a handful of shorter sentences to move the story along. Dickens also avoids using direct speech; this lack of direct speech creates mystery. This makes the reader less familiar with the characters, and makes the characters remain anonymous, maybe to make them sound less human, because they do not interact directly as other humans do. The abundance of indirect speech gives you a lot of detail about the environment and the signalman's past life, which distracts you from the lack of detail given about the physical appearances of the characters.coed edr seededw ored edk ined foed ed: The story opens with a mysterious short burst of speech "Halloa! Below there!" This plunges us immediately into the story, telling us that we must be attentive in order to follow the story. It also makes our imagination start to ask questions, for example; who is saying this? Whom are they speaking to? This immediately creates mystery. This will not be understood by the reader unless they read on to find out what it means. The man he is shouting to below looks round to face the tunnel 'Looked down the line.' Any normal person would look upwards in response to this. Again, Dickens is creating the unexplainable, which builds up the tension and suspense. The tunnel also creates suspension, why did he look down there in this first place. In addition, what could be down there, It is described as 'Barbarous, depressing and forbidding.' The smells and surroundings make him a little bit reluctant to descend 'Air of reluctance.' At this time, we don't know who either of the men are. ...read more.

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Secondly, I am going to do a comparison with The Red Room written by H.G Wells. Both of these stories are tales of the super-natural, which make them ideal for a comparison. In both stories, the author creates loneliness. However, the loneliness is slightly different in the stories. In the Red Room, loneliness is illustrated by the fact that the young man is on his own without companions in the Red Room. When the candles go out in the middle of the story, the man is scared and screaming then eventually dashes for the "Moonlit" corridor. This shows his loneliness "With my bowed and my arms over my face, I made a run for the door." The Signalman shows loneliness by the fact that that he is isolated from the rest of the world, and the environment around him reflects this by being described as "Lonely," and "Solitary." As with The Necklace and The Signalman, The Red Room has a twist at the end of it; the young man, before he went into the Red Room did not believe in the super-natural, but he changes his beliefs. I found all three of these short stories entertaining; I think this is due to the twist at the end of the stories. To me this shows that an unexpected twist makes a good short story. It is evident that Dickens creates a lot of suspense throughout the story with the opening words and as he descends the cutting, looking at the signalman whose actions are very strange, plunging you immediately into the setting. Suspense is created as the signalman tells the gentleman of the strange happenings recently. Mystery surrounds the settings, which are even prone to something like this happening; the mystery also surrounds the two main characters, the Signalman and the narrator. They remain anonymous throughout so the mystery stays with them constantly. I feel that due to Dickens' ability to bring mystery and suspense to life are the main reasons behind what makes this story so fluent and mind initiating ...read more.

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