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"THE SHORT STORY IS AN IDEAL FORM FOR WRITERS WHO WANT TO CREATE A SENSE OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE" DISCUSS HOW HORROR AND SUSPENSE ARE CREATE IN "THE SIGNAL MAN" BY CHARLES DICKENS AND "DRACULA'S GUEST" BY BRAM STOKER Often judged for its melodramatic qualities and its play on the supernatural, the gothic genre has been one of many genres that have dominated, English literature from its birth in 1764, the gothic genre has become a great success as it uses many dark intense imagery from the vast dark graveyards, forests and concealed ruins where the protagonist who is normally forlorn and na�ve like Bram stokers "Jonathan Harker". Two such authors who employed the gothic genre in their works were Bram stoker and Charles Dickens. These two authors personally made a great contribution to literature and gothic genre. Charles Dickens author of many memorable tales such as "A Christmas Carol" , "A Tale Of Two Cities" and lastly "Great Expectations", Dickens is famous for the characters he created and for his detail for descriptions, he was a man of tremendous energy and was very passionate for English and its work, he was known to spend hours upon hours walking the streets ...read more.


We learn that the Signal man has seen very disturbing events such as the train crash and the bride dying and what is more troubling is that he seen it coming, throughout the story we see how the signal man opens up to the narrator on how he is troubled and is emphasizing how he saw a ghost but the narrator starts to doubt his new friends mind and starts to have a very patronizing attitude towards the signal man. Throughout the story the fear is spreading. Dickens also uses tactile imagery "Frozen finger tracing out my spine" and also Dickens uses olfactory imagery "an earthly deadly smell". The relationship between the narrator and the signal man is one of trust as the signal man opens up to him on their second meeting "do the signal man and the narrator linked in some way? Dickens has made the story raise some doubts about the afterlife and fate. However Bram Stoker famed for his book "Dracula" has created a short story that is much like 'The Signal Man" but has a different approach to the horror genre for the first few pages are a little bit of a mysterious "Dracula's Guest" is full ...read more.


is succumbing to his fear "Paroxysm of the fear- white face perspiring, trembling" Bram Stoker's technique second to none he uses detailed descriptions for his characters and settings and his use of the language devices such as metaphors "glistening white carpet" and his alliteration "Sudden Storm" and lastly repetition "Walpurgis nacht". Each writer Dickens and Stoker uses different methods to create a spine-chilling effect on the reader each could even be masters of horror and suspense, all the aspects that the gothic genre needs to be successful and "The Signal Man" and "Dracula's Guest" where very successful in that age and successful today in the study of literature .In conclusion after close analysis of both stories I have seen that both stories are great for maintaining tension and use techniques such as alliteration, pathetic fallacy and are good to create confusion among the readers. This wining combination gives the story a kick and keeps the reader engrossed in the story. I believe that stoker is perfect for building suspense and tension while Dickens plays on the reader's emotion by lulling them into a sense of security and then confuses them and then plays on their confusion. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gavin Teggart ...read more.

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