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Prepare and Contrast 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room'. In your writing you should consider the following: Narrators, Settings, Plot and Language

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Prepare and Contrast 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room'. In your writing you should consider the following: * Narrators * Settings * Plot * Language 'The Signalman', Charles Dickens and 'The Red Room', H.G. Wells are two gothic stories written in a nineteenth century style. In a century when life seemed to be explaining itself by the means of science, the notion of what we don't know gives the story fear. The gothic style was very popular in this era and gothic stories were read as popular entertainment, the way gothic novels where written infringed fear into the hearts of mid-nineteenth century citizens. Charles Dickens narrator is an informal, well educated, high class citizen who is up to date with technology and is well informed of ...read more.

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He seems unsure of everything around him; he denies all unnatural happenings and passes them off as an event of chance. He will not admit even by the end of the novel that he was wrong and that the happenings in 'The Red Room' were abnormal in any form. The biggest difference between the two narrators is the way in which they seem aware of the happenings around them, the narrator from 'The Red Room' is totally un-aware of the happenings in his surroundings and anything he does notice he passes off as a happening of chance or indeed thinks nothing of it. The narrator in 'The Signalman' is well informed and tries to find a reason through science; he tries to explain the unexplainable. ...read more.

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The start of the play the traveller crosses a railway bridge to see below him a Signalman's box, intrigued by this he decides to descend to see the signalman and talk to him. This is where we learn of his interest with technology and most of all his openness with the modern world. As the story continues on the traveller gets to know the signalman and the signalman tells the traveller of a d�j� vu that he has had, of a man calling out to him from the bridge and then from inside the tunnel below the bridge. He tells him of a strange happening with a 'Supernatural' being who has perhaps been killed by a train or has resided in the signal box and died of a natural cause. ...read more.

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