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Explain what makes a good mystery story, based on your understanding of 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells, 'The Speckled Band' by Arthur Conan Doyle and 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens. In this essay I will be looking at three stories. They are 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells, 'The Speckled Band' by Arthur Conan Doyle and 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens. I will be explaining the aspects of plot, tension, setting, character and language that make a good mystery story. The plot of a mystery story is very important. In 'The Speckled Band,' Julia Stoner and Helen Stoner are sisters. Julie Stoner died horribly a couple of years ago just before she was about to get married. Before she died she heard a low whistle on a regular basis. The reason for her death was not found and now the same thing is happening to her sister Helen who is also about to get married. She secretly goes to Sherlock Holmes to find some answers about how her sister died and also because she thinks she is going to die. Helen decides to go to Sherlock Holmes because he could crack every case and always defeated evil. He was an amateur detective which means that he was not a member of the London Police Force. ...read more.


The words 'dripping wet,' 'solitary,' and 'forbidding' are used to describe the mysterious setting. These words suggest it is an uncomfortable place. 'Forbidding,' makes us think that is it a dangerous place because it is a forbidden place to go to. The setting is also described to be 'depressing.' This shows that it is a miserable and lonely place to be. The words, 'dripping wet,' show that the atmosphere is damp which gives the impression that it isn't a very nice place to be working. It is also described to be like a dungeon which gives the idea of it being a big place. In the 1860's railways and trains were new inventions. They were just beginning to spread across the nation, which made it 'cutting edge technology.' Most people were scared of them at the time. A ghost story set here would be interesting because people at that time wouldn't expect a ghost story to be set there as they were very new. Characters are also important in mystery stories. The character of Sherlock Holmes is very interesting. Victorians really liked Sherlock Holmes and even though he wasn't he wasn't a real detective he could solve every case. ...read more.


Here the baboon is being described as being hideous which makes the reader think that the whole house is hideous. In 'The Red Room,' fear is described as being a real. 'In the dust it (fear) creeps along the corridor and follows you.' The word 'follows,' shows that fear is alive and it can move. This will make the reader want to read on because it makes the story more interesting because fear is being described as a living thing which makes it exciting. It also builds tension. The language in 'The Signalman,' is effective to the reader as the reader never actually finds out the name of any of the characters. They are always been referred as 'I,' 'His,'etc. In conclusion I think what is essential to a good mystery story are all five aspects, which are plot, tension, setting, character and language. I think this because they all make a mystery story interesting. The language used in a mystery story is essential as it creates tension as do the other aspects. The setting is also important because it gives an idea to the reader about what the story is going to be about. ?? ?? ?? ?? Samia Jabeen: Second Draft ...read more.

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