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The following piece of work is an analysisof the short story called the signalman by Charles dickens.

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The following piece of work is an analysis of the short story called the signalman by Charles dickens. "The signal man" is set in the mid 19th century. The main setting is that of right beside a train tunnel where the main character the signal man stays to let trains through etc.The storyline is set mostly in the night time. The story has an eerie effect on me as a reader. While I was reading the signal man I picked up on the tense atmosphere. At one point early on in the story, there's a moment which brought the tension to the story in a strong way. "He looked up at me without replying, and I looked down at him without repeating too soon." I think this moment brings some tension as, it made me eager to see what was going to happen next. ...read more.

Middle

He works alone in the middle of nowhere, rarely coming in contact with civilization. He acts in a way that makes me feel like he is in a trance, with his stone stare and his plain pale face. I get the vibe that he's sinister, as he is so silent. He doesn't speak throughout the entire endurance of the film almost. Also he doesn't say much about him self at all, very secretive, like he has something to hide maybe. The narrator on the other hand is presented in an opposite way, almost cocky. He's a lively young man should we say. Who has this irritating affect on me. Although I was reading the book, I still found his voice dragging on etcetera. He is constantly trying to find out more about the signal man. In this context I feel sorry for the signal man. ...read more.

Conclusion

When I watched the video if the signal man, it helped me realise what Dickens meant by the certain hand gestures made by the signalman himself. Also it gave another level to the tension and the ending was more forceful as well. The ending of the story does its job well. It brings the little pieces that the story has accumulated together, explaining the truth about explaining things that I questions earlier on. Like why the signal man puzzled about why the narrator yelled "Halloa! Below there!" As well as the strange stories that the lonely signal man had spoke of. Even though the story was short and realistic, I would not recommend it to other readers. I think it has a good impact, but is not my type of book overall. It takes a while to engulf the reader, and when it does, the story is almost over. The ending is not powerful enough to change my thoughts on the story though... Craig Bushrod The signal man coursework Miss Lewis. 1 ...read more.

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