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"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens and "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells are both well known examples of pre-twentieth century ghost stories and are based on the supernatural. Both these tales create suspense and tension in the atmosphere...

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Introduction

"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens and "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells are both well known examples of pre-twentieth century ghost stories and are based on the supernatural. Both these tales create suspense and tension in the atmosphere around the people in the story. The stories are set in first person and we are given the thoughts and feelings of the narrator.codd ddr seddddw ordd ddk indd fodd dd. The pace of "The Signalman" is a slow one the reader isn't given the impression that it is a ghost story but it unravels as the story goes on; this slowly builds up suspense.coga gar segagaw orga gak inga foga ga. The atmosphere at the start of "The Signalman" is an eerie one. It is a deep, damp cutting with a dark tunnel described as 'barbarous, depressing' and with 'forbidding air' and that the little amount of light which got to this isolated signal post struck chill into the narrator. ...read more.

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Foucault enveloped simonlovesfootball's realism . The pace of this story is very quick into the supernatural part as in the first line says, "it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." And then soon after that the narrator set of to the red room, which is haunted.cobb bbr sebbbbw orbb bbk inbb fobb bb. Both stories are set in dark, gloomy places, enhanced with gothic description.cofd fdr sefdfdw orfd fdk infd fofd fd. "The Red Room" is set in an old eerie house with old furniture and ornaments. The house has long, draughty subterranean passages with little lighting. In the room there were echoes and creaks. The thought that someone has died on the stairs leading up to the red room creates suspense and tension.coef efr seefefw oref efk inef foef ef. ...read more.

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"The Red Room" is the most effective story for me because it is easy to relate to the fear of darkness and silence and the way a strong character when facing fear becomes hysterical.coda dar sedadaw orda dak inda foda da. Both stories deal with the supernatural and how a persons' mind can be affected by seeing spectres of something inexplicable. Both stories tell how the narrator succumbs to the fear this brings. In "The Signalman" panic is not obvious to the reader, as the signalman seems to try and work out what is happening. Whereas in "The Red Room" the narrator stumbles around frantically trying to escape the room.coee eer seeeeew oree eek inee foee ee. These stories create different amounts of fear and tension in the way the narrator reacts to the specific situation and the different settings with detailed description, which makes the ghostly ambience of the stories. ...read more.

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