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The 19th century tales of the supernatural

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The 19th century tales of the supernatural The 19th century was a time when religious belief was almost universal and extended to all sorts of additional beliefs in fate, the supernatural, ghosts and monsters. The three stories that I am going to discuss, exploit supernatural only to scare and entertain. Charles Dickens' story "The Signalman" is a story about mysterious sighting of a ghost, and mysterious death of the signalman. H. G. Wells' "The Red Room" is describing the haunting of a person who does not believe in supernatural. In the Charles Dickens' story the narrator meets the Signalman who is confessing to him his problems. ...read more.


The story maintains a mystery at the end, and makes the readers think a lot about the details of the text. The "Red Room" is a story about a man who does not believe in supernatural appearances, and decides to spend a night in a room that was told to be haunted. He bravely insists on that in spit of the warnings he got from the old couple from the castle. The narrator is experiencing the presence of something invisible, he is experiencing the worst fear. Next day he is found hearth with blood all over, and than he confesses that there was a supernatural thing in that haunted Red room: " Yes,' said I; 'the room is haunted.' ...read more.


But today, people do not believe any more in stories like this. These are called stories for little children. Most people do not believe in things which are not scientifically proved. Still we have not lost our interest in supernatural. A lot of other writers started writing books, on the idea of the ones from 19th century. A big part of literature is based on the genres, like horrors, or science-fiction. And people are reading it to entertain themselves, and not to believe in them. The evidence of this includes the huge popularity of writers like Stephen King, who uses the same method like Dickens tension through the whole story and than twist at the end; or films such as The Blair Which Project. ...read more.

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