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The 'Sea-Raiders' is a very different story to 'The Yellow Face' and 'The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' but it still entertained the late 19th century readers

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A study of the author's use of settings in a range of short stories showing knowledge of literacy context. Introduction These short stories were written over about hundred years ago these stories were a very different approach in the Victorian era. Many people had newfound literacy skills and the demand for popular reading skills. Britain and a lot of other people liked reading magazines and newspapers this entertained them. The genre that was most popular was mystery, horror, detective and supernatural. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became famous in this era for his short stories about a fictional detective called Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle has been a doctor for several years. His trusted partner Dr Watson who helped him solve the many cases, the detective was called in to investigate always accompanied him. The two partners can be seen at work in 'The Yellow Face', which was published in the 1894. 'The Yellow Face' is set in typically Victorian suburbia was a story about a mystery that Holmes is called into investigate. ...read more.


This reflects the feelings of the time are shown by the fact that she was frightened of her husband's reaction to such a shocking revelation 'I asked you what is to become of us, my child and me' Effie thought that Munro would reject her and the child, which would have been a typical reaction to this news. Doyle gives the readers a 'Happy ending' to the mystery and Holmes is willing to accept the outcome hat he has been proved wrong but he had built much more into Effie's secret. In Dickens story 'The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' the Victorians were presented with and amusing story with a moral to it. In using imaginary Goblins to make Gabriel Grubb realise his faults, Dickens included the supernatural which late 19th century readers were very interested in. Grubb is a miserable gravedigger who does not like Christmas. Gabriel Grubb was an ill conditional cross-grained surely fellow a morose and lonely man. He prefers to be on his own at Christmas digging graves. ...read more.


This story builds up tension through Fisons discovery on the strength of half-digested tentacle. However it is still descriptive enough to make even the modern readers feel scared of the cephalopods 'their bodies lay flatly on the rocks...their eyes regarded him with evil interest... they began moving towards him... and making a soft purring sound to each other'. Fison makes his genies some discovery and of course when the small boat with the women and child in it is fast approaching and he attempts to warn then to keep away 'For God's Sake'. In studying the three short stories of the late Victorian era and ionising about these in particular it has become clear that the Victorians loved a wide diet of short stories. Writers of the time know exactly what they required. Some of them are still popular today because people still enjoy 'the detective' stories involving Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson but this call also be said about horror stories and the supernatural where film of course has pushed our expectations. 'The Yellow Face', 'The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' and 'The Sea-Raiders' were very popular in the late 19th century, which helped the authors even more famous. ...read more.

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