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Mystery Stories Short fictional mystery stories were very popular in the 19^th century, especially in the Victorian era. They often appeared on the back of newspapers or in magazines because they were so cheap. They were very tense and exciting back then and still are nowadays. Although not read as much as now, one does receive the pleasure in reading these fascinating mystery stories. Nowadays we have television, radios, films and many other modern media technologies such as these. As the world was advancing, science was beginning to explain the unexplainable and answer unanswerable questions. There were huge scientific breakthroughs and discoveries, that it seemed as if it could solve anything. These stories were original, unique and inexplanitary, which is why the Victorians liked them, because it was a break from science proving everything. The mystery story genre developed by characteristics in the way these stories were created. Most of these stories were quite typical. For example setting the scene with pathetic fallacy. The writer uses pathetic fallacy, to help create the mysterious mood of the scenes. ...read more.


They are sharing the event with us and have survived their fascinating encounter. It makes it a lot more believable too, also creates a `mise en scene'. This also makes it easier to read and comprehend. It is easier to relate to the character in understanding what's going on. This is why they are written in first person singular, and is certainly what draws us into the stories. As we compare these stories' narrators, in `The Ostler', we have a narrator within another narrator, which is unusual and effective. We then hear from the second narrator through the first narrator. In `The Red Room', we notice that the character thinks like an ordinary typical person using sarcasm and definitely not frightened of any petty ghost. He is confidant and a secure person, which brings the story realistically to life. We can tell that he does not believe in the supernatural or ghosts, because he says at the beginning of the story, `I can assure you.... that it would take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' ...read more.


These stories are mysterious. `The Ostler', shows a man, who his dream is about a woman who tries to kill him, then throughout the story, we go through stages, getting closer to seeing the dream. Then eventually we meet the girl of his dreams! So its all a sort of build up of the man waiting for the lady trying to kill him, because he has seen the premonition of what's going to happen. `She's looking for me.... she's looking for me!' is one of the ending lines of `The Ostler'. In another story, `The Signalman', there is a supernatural element, which is a weird premonition of a disastrous catastrophe, which happens to himself, which is a brilliant and unexpected twist. This person is generally the narrator, which makes that story more believable and lures us into the story more. The reader(s) of the story are usually left with a `not fully chewed biscuit', and leaves them to wonder about the past and future. This makes them think about the story more. This can then add to a tense and cliffhanging conclusion such as `The Ostler'! ...read more.

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