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In three short stories, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the writers use setting to create suspense and by doing this keeping the user gripped.

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Examine the Settings that the Writers have Chosen for their Stories and Consider the Effects that Each Writer has Created and how they Contribute to the Atmosphere In three short stories, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the writers use setting to create suspense and by doing this keeping the user gripped. "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens was written in 1865, the oldest of the three Victorian stories. It was written in the time when the railway was recently invented, so setting the story on the railway gave this short story a contemporary touch. To today's readers, references to trains signal boxes and railways give the story historical context. The signalman himself seems to be a well-educated gentleman but for an unexplained reason has a low rank of social class. Dickens chose to invent the location in his story, this increases the atmosphere of mystery as the reader cannot link to that place in real life, and the reader not finding out who the signalman is adds to the suspense. In 'The Man with the Twisted Lip', a story about the great detective Sherlock Holmes, Holmes displays aspects of life in the last decade of Victoria's Reign. Holmes first appeared in 1887 whilst the real-life Jack the Ripper committed his gruesome and notorious murders in the autumn of 1888. ...read more.

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now the land seems calm and relaxing, I know this when its says 'Lovely evening', this could be linked to the signalman's death as now the land seems at ease now that he is dead. At the end of the story Dickens leaves us with the cliffhanging question of 'Who is the narrator?', 'Who was the person the signalman kept seeing?' and 'Was this person trying to warn the signalman of his death or was it just an unfortunate and tragic incident? In the gothic novel of 'The Red Room' even the name adds a sense of fear to the novel as the colour red is associated with the blood and with hell so it adds suspense even from the start. As in 'The Signalman', Wells uses senses to show the fear and unnatural feeling of it which adds to the suspense of the story. Sound plays a big part of this story in order to scare the reader, for example: 'Echoes ran up the spiral staircase'. Also the writer uses different ways to add to the suspense by using fear. Wells does this by giving inanimate objects a frightening aspect about them like for example: 'The door creaked'. This quote of a creaking door is very common in ghost or horror stories and gives the reader a sense of wondering if this story is just going to be another ghost story. Another way Wells bring fear to his story is the vivid and descriptive use of darkness which is very successful in gothic novels, darkness ...read more.

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In this vast description of the people in the opium den Doyle also shows you not only the effect of the opium but the cramped and disgusting environment that these drug addicts thrived in. In conclusion all three writers brilliantly use their own style and their own setting to great effect as they all made the reader feel tension, fear, suspense and mystery. The Signalman has a very mysterious ending compared to the two other stories and also the Signalman in contrast to the other two stories builds the most tension using vivid descriptions of the paranormal and almost unnatural world that is the railway. In 'The Red Room', Doyle uses setting to investigate the different aspects of fear, this would have also left the reader frightened as it actually explored the meaning and reason of why are we afraid of the dark but it also leaves the reader with a sense of the supernatural about the dark because of Wells' use of personification when talking about the it. In 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' Doyle brings a sense of reality that the reader would enjoy which adds the ageless quality to the story. Finally, I believe that all of the authors were successful in bringing suspense to the storyline. They did this by using the words in the right places and the right times. Also the words that they chose, all add up to making the reader want to read on which is what they what they were trying to accomplish. 1 ...read more.

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