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In this assignment I am going examine three stories "The Signalman", "The Man With A Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room" and describe the way that each writer has created the effects and how this contributes towards the atmosphere.

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26/12/03 In this assignment I am going examine three stories "The Signalman", "The Man With A Twisted Lip" and "The Red Room" and describe the way that each writer has created the effects and how this contributes towards the atmosphere. The way that the 'The Signalman' creates an effect of suspense during this story is by using the element of the unknown and the background of the supernatural creates an unambiguous point of suspense and spine chilling effects during the story. There is no solution to this story as it is unresolved except through the reader's own death. The way that the "The Red Room" creates a cage of suspense is the same way that the 'The Signalman' uses the element to add effects to the story and the idea of obscurity and the fear of only psychological. The solution to this story is only a trick solution as there are no ghosts and it is only primal fear. The way that 'the man with the twisted lip' creates an idea of suspense is by using the aspects of setting the story on the streets in real locations in the time of the reign of queen Victoria and also the time of Jack the Ripper's gruesome activities. ...read more.

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This story took place in real location in central London in the time of queen Victoria's reign and the time of Jack the Ripper causing gruesome crimes so Sherlock Holmes had a great context and ides for his crime stories. 'The Signalman' setting effects are very unique in terms of setting and atmosphere Charles Dickens uses a lot of effects to create this supernatural atmosphere that is link with the natural world. He does this by creating images of the setting as hellish surroundings e.g. the mouth of the tunnel was like a deep clammy and precipitous entrance. What Charles Dickens was doing here is creating a normal natural sight into a supernatural sight. "A rough zigzag descending path ..." cutting was extremely deep and usually precipitous this quote is referring this place as a dangerous steep descendant leaving the natural world. Narrator descends "through a clammy stone that became oozier and wetter as it went down. This is referring that this is a repellent dank and wet thermal and tactile images that are creating an unpleasant impression. The other direction "a gloomy red light and the gloomy entrance to a black tunnel" this is referring that the tunnel is a mouth to the entrance of hell. ...read more.

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The way that 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' created an atmospheric setting is the idea hiding and obscurity. Also idea of blending the surroundings in this story played a great part in this story e.g. the opium den was the blending between the underworld and the upper world of London, this was because the rich and the poor came to buy opium of the den. "The hour when a man gives his first yawn at the glances at the clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work down in her lap"... " Others talked together in a strange low monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes and then suddenly tailing off into silence, each mumbling out his own thoughts". This is how the man with the twisted lip created effects that contributes to the atmospheric setting. The way that these stories similarly create effects that contributes to the atmosphere is by the idea of the element of unknown this skill is used in many genres e.g. horror, mystery, supernatural and crime stories from ever since stories where written. ...read more.

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