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In what ways do any three of these stories seem to you to be characteristic of the period in which they were written (19th Century)?

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In what ways do any three of these stories seem to you to be characteristic of the period in which they were written (19th Century)? In the nineteenth century the public expected the stories to have a happy ending; also they should be fair and just. This meant that in most of the stories good triumphed over evil, not surprising as Christianity was very much a part of Victorian life. This means that the writers of the time had to clearly portray the characters as either good or evil. In 'The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton' the evil character is Gabriel grub. He is portrayed as "an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surley fellow - a morose and lonely man." This combined with the description of how he assaulted a young a boy and enjoyed it makes the reader take an immediate dislike to this character. ...read more.

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Elements of this can also be seen in 'The Sea Raiders', H G Wells makes no secret that these creatures are evil as in the first encounter he uses many adjectives to give this impression. "Ghastly, unpleasant, grotesque and evil" Just a few of the words that let us know that the creatures are sinister. In 'The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton' Dickens later puts a large amount of sentimental text into the story. The vision of the perfect family affected by the death of a small baby. This is simply to move the reader and turn them against Gabriel Grub. "The children gathered round her, and clapped their hands for joy, as their farther entered...... the fairest and youngest child lay dying...and sleeping in rest and peace as the beautiful child seemed to be, they saw that he was dead." ...read more.

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In 'The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton' there are many words and phrases that are not commonly used in modern English but were used in the nineteenth century. Here are some examples: "Surly", "gall and wormwood", "whence" and "trifling emolument." The way that the story is written could be seen as a generally older style of writing as throughout the story the text is broken up by the use of many comers. "A little before twilight, one Christmas eve, Gabriel shouldered his spade, lighted his lantern, and betook himself towards the old church yard; for he had got a grave to finish by the next morning, and, feeling very low, he thought he might raise his spirits, perhaps, if ..." In 'The Adventures of the Speckled Band' there are references to items and events that would be typical in the nineteenth century but seem very old fashioned. "..and yet you had a good drive in a dog cart." Throughout 'The Sea-Raiders' there are small passages which show the age of the text. ...read more.

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