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Charles Dickens was born on the 7th of February 1812. He is most noted for his novels such as Oliver Twist, a Christmas Carol and Great Expectations. Dickens also wrote short stories. Dickens father was in debtor's prison, so Charles had to leave school at the age of 12 to work at a blacking factory to save money to get his father out of prison. Charles Dickens was one of the first novelists to write about the poor, as of his background. Dickens was also involved on a train crash in 1865, which bares significance to one of his short stories the Signalman. The story of the Signalman begins with the narrator out for walk in the countryside and he spots a lonely signalman; he then goes down to chat to him. The narrator gets the impression that the Signalman is disturbed by something. ...read more.


The narrator then reaches the bottom of the cutting and on to the railroad; this is where he meets the Signalman. The Signalman is described as a 'dark sallow man, with a dark beard and rather heavy eyebrows', which suggests that he isn't very well. This adds to the atmosphere as it suggests that the man isn't very well due to the conditions at his post. Right at the beginning of the story, the narrator stands above the Signal Man on the steep cutting but the Signal Man does not look up at the Signal Man, as quotation to show this '... he turned himself about and looked down the line' which suggests that the Signal Man saw the ghostly figure standing near the tunnel. Also, this suggests that the Signalman is slightly disturbed or possessed by some sort of ghost. Furthermore, the Signal Man is described to have an 'attitude of expectation and watchfulness', which suggests that he, is worried and nervous about something. ...read more.


In The Red Room and the Signalman, both HG Wells and Charles Dickens describe the other characters to in an effective, creepy way to create an atmosphere. Such as in the Red Room, HG Wells describes the 3 custodians in a scary way for example 'an old wrinkled man with a withered arm' which creates an atmosphere to suit that story. However in the Signalman, the Signalman is described to be possessed or haunted by a spirit for example '...He turned himself about, and looked down the line' so this then creates an atmosphere to suit the story. Both HG Wells and Charles Dickens use language in their short stories to create a creepy atmosphere. For example in the Red Room, HG Wells uses colours for example black to symbolize evil and red to symbolize death. Both writers also use metaphors to create an atmosphere ?? ?? ?? ?? Sharni Keyes 24/01/2009 ...read more.

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