• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What Method's do the writers use in order to create mood, atmosphere and character in the short stories you have studied?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jonny O'Brien What Method's do the writers use in order to create mood, atmosphere and character in the short stories you have studied? The Signalman, The Monkey's Paw and The Red Room are three horror stories from the pre 1900 era. The Victorians were obsessed with mystery and the unknown. The industrial revolution and the new discoveries made the Victorians know that there were lots of things that they still didn't know about. Everybody in the Victorian ages either believed in god or in some type of afterlife. The Signalman by Charles Dickens was the first story that I read. It was based on a signalman and stories of what he has been seeing. The Monkey's Paw, written by W.W. Jacobs. Is a story about a family that is disrupted when a travelling military man hands this family a mysterious monkey's paw. This Paw has magic powers to grant them three wishes, but the family find that they get more than they bargained for. The Red Room, a story written by H.G. Wells, Is a very typical pre 1900's horror story. The story starts with a man in an old house, talking to three old people about a haunted room. ...read more.

Middle

There are very different types of characters in these stories, some are portrayed as creepy but some seem quite different. In The Monkey's Paw Mr and Mrs White are depicted as very nice people and you don't expect anything bad to happen to them. However later in the story they have a very nasty accident. Mrs White turns out to become a very crazy person after her son dies. You can see this change in The Red Room in character also when the man at the beginning starts out very brash and full of himself but after spending the night in the red room he acts very differently. The same happens with the old people talking to the man at the beginning of The Red Room; at first they seem very uncomfortable but at the end of the story they seem very welcoming and kind. At the start of The Signalman there is a very uncomfortable atmosphere between the signalman and the visitor. The signalman seems to acting very strange. At first when the visitor shouts "Halloa! Below there!" it seems quite unusual because instead of the signalman looking up to where the visitor was obviously calling from he looks up and down the line which seems quite odd. ...read more.

Conclusion

The tension in The Red Room builds and builds unti the end where he gets knocked out. The fear in a story is what makes the reader scared. In The Monkey's Paw the writer' use of fear is very effective. After Herbert dies in the story Mrs White decides to use the second wish on bringing Herbert back to life after he dies in the use of the first wish. Mr White reluctantly made the wish. As Mr and Mrs White lay in bed, Mrs White heard a knock at the door this starts getting the reader scared because you don't know what it is. As Mrs White goes to open the door, thinking that it's Herbert, Mr White stops her. The reader never gets to actually see Herbert, but that is what scared the Victorian audiences, the unknown. The endings in these three stories leave you with questions. In The Red Room it never tells you if there is a ghost or not. These stories aren't my favourite but they aren't the worst. My favourite out of the three would be The Signalman. I like the clever ending and you understand what happens at the end without too many questions. Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Signalman section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Signalman essays

  1. How do the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Signalman' create fear and ...

    The purpose of this moment is to create a minor thrill before the real excitement 'Kicks in'. As the protagonist enters the red room, he notices the alcove in the corner of the room. This notice of something rather unrelated to the task he has gone to the red room

  2. How do Dickens and W.W. Jacobs create a strong sense of dramatic tension in ...

    Look at any describing words like "monstrous" to see what Dickens is trying to achieve with his atmosphere. The story takes place in a cabin in a deserted suburban area. The majority of the story's scenes happen at night, leaving only a few scenes in daylight.

  1. Which of the Two Horror Stories: "The Monkey's Paw" or "The Signalman" Do you ...

    Towards the end of the story the mood of the setting becomes more positive, "Next evening was a lovely evening". As in "The Monkey's Paw", soon after a contrast in atmosphere a death unexpectedly occurs. Again the writer uses this contrast to intensify the shock of the death, and just

  2. Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in 'the signal ...

    through London descriptions like, "A vile alley," and "Sombre and deserted streets," creates suspense through a scary and dark setting. The streets are 'deserted' maybe because people do not dare to be out at night. The word 'sombre' also suggests that this is not a nice or happy place.

  1. HOW IS TENSION AND SUSPENSE CREATED IN THE SIGNALMAN BY CHARLES DICKENS , THE ...

    As the writer is describing "The Red Room," it increases the level of tension. Suspense is also built in the story by characters, for example through the old people, who are the keepers of the castle. The description given about these old people makes the reader feel as if they

  2. In this essay I am going to examine the techniques used by Charles Dickesn ...

    Later on in the story, when the signalman gives his account of when he saw the spectre, Dickens created a sense of confusion by using lots of question marks: 'What's wrong? What has happened? Where?' Dickens has used many techniques to generally create a dangerous and hostile atmosphere.

  1. Explain what makes a good mystery story, based on your understanding of 'The Red ...

    We warm to his character and trust him. Watson is Holmes's friend and associate. He takes on the reader's role in the play, being clever but not nearly as assertive and as experienced as Holmes. He is presented with the same picture of Helen Stoner as Holmes but he does not recognise the details as Holmes does.

  2. Pre-1914 Prose Coursework - How do Dickens and Wells create a sinister and supernatural ...

    Then he enters the room and he begins to light candles and talk to himself to pass the time. At the climax of the story, the candles in the room begin to extinguish. The room is in total darkness and he is so terrified he makes a run for the door, falls headlong down the stairs and remembers no more.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work