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'The Red Room' by HG Wells, 'The signalman' by Charles Dickens, and 'The man with the twisted lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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English coursework We read three different stories, all of them were slightly mysterious and kept the reader interested until the end. The stories were: * 'The Red Room' :- The author of this story, H.G Wells didn't give an indications to when this story was written but after reading the story I noticed that he introduced gothic traditions, grotesque characters, haunted rooms, ghosts, superstition & previous deaths and curses, and involves supernatural aspects. The story shows us this because it is set in a castle. By using gothic aspects and colours, H.G Wells is symbolising many things, for example; the colour red is associated by many people as being a danger colour or symbolising blood or danger etc... By using these techniques in his writing, H.G Wells may be trying to scare or terrify the reader. * 'The Signalman': - this was an 1860's story written by Charles Dickens and was popular to a wide range of the nation. I believe that 'The Signalman' was so popular and widely read because Charles introduced such a modern piece of technology into his story and so generally people were interested in what he had to say. Not only was this a very modern story, but, it was written with the readers culture in mind; for example working class people and the signalman being a quite an old man working on his own. ...read more.

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Colour is also used throughout the story as people as a whole seem to relate certain colours to different things, for example. 'this haunted room of yours'.....is 'the red room', the supernatural associations with the colour red because it symbolises evil, danger and blood. Because of this readers may be left wondering what is ahead in the story and if anything dangerous may happen. Shadows, 'cower and quiver' & 'Listening to a rustling that I fancied I heard' but there is 'absolute silence' these quotes are a good use of personification. Wells borrowed from the literary tradition of gothic literature when he wrote 'The Red Room', purposely being elusive about its precise time or location. THE SIGNALMAN The 'Signalman' is set in at he bottom of vertical hill. We know this because of the quote ' but instead of looking up to where I stood on the top of the steep cutting nearly over his head, he turned himself about and looked down the line.' There is also a lot of tension within the story because there is a dark tunnel and the symbolism shows that it is scary and making it a dark it adds effect to the story. Also when they are in the signal box the wind and the unusual happenings with the bells create tension & atmosphere. ...read more.

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Going down into the opium den it is extremely dark which symbolises death and gloominess. The sentace 'Homes's shrill whistle, 'the clink of horses' hoofs', 'silence' broken by occasional policeman's 'footfall' or 'songs and shouts of some belated party of revellers'. In this quote, Doyle uses lots of details which relates to all the five senses: smell, sight, touch, taste and sound. 'A flickering oil lamp' , this is not to bright and causes shadows which may scare the reader, the atmosphere will be on edge and very tense. Because the atmosphere is tense it seems that anything could make the reader jump. During this story, 'The Man With The Twisted Lip', Conan Doyle chose to reflect the periods contemporary events, social conditions and problems. Overall I feel that I enjoyed 'The Man With The Twisted Lip' the most because this story kept me interested all the way throughout. There was so much going on, that it made me think about all the different scenarios and possibilities that may arise. All the way through this story there was a lot of tension. Is it a wonder that Sherlock Homes and Dr. Wotson's stories are so popular when they create so much interest and gentle confusion for the reader. I enjoyed reading all of these books and I found that they all had quite a few things in common. Suspiciousness and mystical powers was common in mostly all of the stories at some time, although the dates were years apart. ...read more.

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