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The Landlady and Signalman Comparison

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The Landlady and Signalman Comparison In this assignment, I am going to be looking at two stories from this century and the last and examine them for similarities and differences in content, style and language. The first I instantly notice is in the setting of the stories; the big difference in the settings is in the locations. 'The Signalman' is set in a desolate trench in a railway tunnel, where there is no houses or people for miles. Whereas 'The Landlady' is set in a small town in Bath. There is a large contrast in the atmosphere of the stories, and in the way, the writers wish to build up tension although both environments are capable to produce a horror elements in the stories. The main characters are both very different in looks and the way that the writers describe them. ...read more.


For example, the way, in which Dahl spends a lot of time setting the scene and trying to create suspense. " The room itself, so far as he could see in the half darkness, was filled with pleasant furniture..." Dickens story is longer, more descriptive and gives us a hint that something supernatural will happen. " On either side a dripping wet wall jagged stone, excluding all view but a strip of sky". A spectre or a ghost is mentioned at the beginning but it leaves us in suspense, as we do not know how things end. Both writers use direct and reported speech in the stories. I noticed the varied vocabulary in both of the stories. Dickens used a much more varied and sophisticated vocabulary. For example, 'sallow, precipitous, saturnine, vehemence, abhorrence.' This story tends to be a lot harder than 'The Landlady' to understand as the story was written in 1880. ...read more.


Therefore, dickens wrote this book for that audience. Dahl is a more modern writer who's writing style is more 'economical' than Dickens. He does not use a tremendous amount of description because he wants the reader to use their imagination. Dahl had written his story so that he knew that it would appeal to the audience of 1950. To sum this all up I can say that 'The signalman is a supernatural story with a meaning related to the industrial revolution at the time it was written. Whereas 'The Landlady' was not a supernatural story and really has no purpose apart from to entertain the audience at the time it was written. Both of the stories involve the central character coming to a violent death. One of the stories is written in first person and the other story is written in third person. Both of the stories also had a type of twist to it, personally I thought that 'The Landlady' was a better story overall. Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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