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Victorian short stories

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Victorian short stories The signalman/ The monkey's paw The Victorian ghost stories were quiet short, no less than about 7 pages; this means they have little detail. The Victorians loved super natural stories. They loved ghosts and other scary things. Over the Victorian times many more people could begin to read and the printing press evolved, it became more popular in the later Victorian times. The signalman was written in the later Victorian times by Charles Dickens, it was set at a signal box next to a train track near a dark spooky tunnel. In a nutshell the signal man is a short Victorian story about a man (narrator) visits a signalman, the signal man gets visits from a ghost, the signalman tells the man about these mysterious visits and how when he sees the ghost there is always and accident ending in death, at the end the signalman sees the ghost at the end of the tunnel, he runs over, the train sounds its horns and driver makes as much noise ...read more.

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This builds up suspense as it is exciting/gripping and makes you want to read more. The signal man doesn't reveal his secret straight away and makes the narrator go back the next night, this also makes you want to read on to see what his secret may be. The signal man keeps looking at the red light above the tunnel, this is mysterious because the signalman does this on numerous occasions and the narrator doesn't know what he is doing, The signal man says he hears a 'ghostly bell' this builds tension as you want to find out what it is, this builds tension through the story as the man who visits the signalman cannot here the bell until the end, when it is too late. At the end the signalman dies the train driver imitates the spectres action of covering his eyes and waving and shouting 'below there! Look out! Look out! ...read more.

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In the 'Signalman' and 'The Monkey's Paw' there is a lot of comparisons, they are both set in secluded areas, the signal man is set in a small signal box in a little valley while the monkeys paw is set in a house on a 'deserted road'. In the signalman the narrator visits the signalman and in the monkeys paw the sergeant visits the family. In the signalman the signalman tells the narrator stories about people dying on the train line while in the monkeys paw the sergeant tell the family stories of his time in the army and about the monkeys paw. In both of stories there is an item/object with mystical values, in the signal man there is the spectre and the ghostly bell while in the monkeys paw there is the mystical monkeys paw. In both of the stories someone is mysteriously killed, in the signal man, the signal man dies by standing in the middle of the line, looking for the spectre and in the monkey's paw Herbert dies by getting caught in the machines. ...read more.

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