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The Signalman’ and The Return of the Native

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Wider Reading Assignment. My task is to compare and contrast two different pieces of text. I'll compare them to see how texts from various centuries, can differ. While comparing them, it would be interesting to look at the following sections; opening, theme and setting. Although they are from different centuries there will be similarities and differences. The opening for 'The Signalman' is gloomy. The word that gives me this idea is 'oozing'. Also he describes the stone as 'clammy'. The reader enters the story as if it's already started; the reader has no background information for the story. Back in the Victorian times because there were no televisions, stories were the only source of entertainment. They came out in weekly / monthly instalments, so this might be an episode in a series. This could be one reason for no background information. The traveller is walking in the countryside, and comes across the signal box. ...read more.


He greets him with either 'sir' or 'gentleman'. This is mainly to do with the class / status of people in the Victorian period. They used flags to communicate between the signal box and the railway station. There are words that are also no longer used nowadays, this also dates the text. Both of the stories are set in the countryside; evidence for 'The Signalman' being set in the countryside is that he describes where he is standing as a 'steep - cutting' and 'clammy stone' is also another expression the traveller uses. One reason I think 'The Return of The Native' is set in the countryside is, the road he is driving along is long and bendy. There are lots of differences in the two stories. In 'The Return of The Native' the ghost is trying to kill the traveller. But in 'The Signalman' the ghost is trying to warn the signalman, that there is danger on the way. ...read more.


through school, college instead of being self taught). The evidence for the native being intelligent is '.......officer in the American Intelligence and stationed in London' Charles Dickens uses very descriptive language. He describes everything in so much detail. Expressions such as '.... down into the deep trench'. William Croft Dickinson has sudden spurts of interesting language usage. There is a lot of suspense in 'The Return of The Native'. The suspense in this story is right at the beginning when the old woman is launching the boulders at him. There isn't any real suspense in 'The Signalman' apart from when the signalman receives the vibrations off the bell and when the trains go through the station. I think 'The Signalman' is far too predictable, although it was a good story. But 'The Return of The Native' wasn't predictable which makes it the better of the two stories, in my opinion. I also felt 'The Signalman' was very boring in some parts, where as there was none stop action in 'The Return of The Native'. Stuart Grant ~ 10s ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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