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Signal Man, The Monkeys Paw and The Red Room 'Signal Man', 'The Monkeys Paw' and 'The Red Room' are three short stories that are all important classic elements of mystery, showing trepidation and fascinate. It has a very sinister setting in all of the three stories. There is also supernatural events, which add a sense of the unknown and the unpredictable; blood and death linger in the background. All of these features are explored in language carefully angled to establish unbearable tension. In the 'Signal Man' the narrator describes the location of the signal man as an 'extremely deep' and 'unusual precipitous' slip, ostracizing all view but 'a strip of the sky' which can only be seen between the 'dripping-wet wall of the jagged stone' on either side of the slit. ...read more.

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The same technique is used in 'the Monkeys Paw' and 'the Red Room'. 'The Monkeys Paw' is set out in a 'far out' 'beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way' place that suggests that this place is isolated and something strange may occur. In addition, a vague description of weather is given at the beginning of the text, as 'as the night was cold and wet'. 'The Red Room' is set in an ancient house in which a young duke has died. Its ancient rooms and primitive mystery lead us to blood and death. In 'the Signal Man', there are only two main characters, the narrator and the signalman. ...read more.

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All three writers use language to create atmosphere of mystery, words like 'grotesque', 'withered' and 'decaying'. In 'The Red Room' H.G. Wells uses claustrophobia, which is the key in his story. 'The Signal Man' creates tension and unpredictability by using his choice of language in the story. 'The Monkeys Paw' has the same technique as 'The Signal Man' its interesting choice of words like 'grimace' and 'talisman' keeps the reader dubious of what is to happen next. In my opinion I believe that 'the Red Room' is the most compelling of the three. It is my favourite of the three because of how enclosed and isolated he is in one tiny room. I also like the fact that "the red room" ending is not completely decisive. Joe Spiro 8219 Joe Spiro 8219 ...read more.

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