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Comparing The Red Room By H.G. Wells And The Signalman By Charles Dickens

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Comparing The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Signalman by Charles Dickens

The aim of this essay is to explore the way in which the two authors
respectively create a feeling of suspense and tension in their works.
I will be discussing The Red Room, by HG Wells, and The Signalman, By
Charles Dickens. The convincing portrayal of suspense and the
effective build up of fear, drama and anticipation are the central
features or aspects of any piece of work from this genre. I will focus
on how the presentation of language, setting, atmosphere achieves

The setting of the Red Room shares many of the themes which are
expressed by the Gothic/Victorian genre. For example if we look at the
setting we find that Wells made use of a ...view middle of the document...

It is filled with tension and linguistic devices have been used to
convey the feelings. For example H.G. Wells have used words such as;
pale eyes, monstrous shadow, door creaked, etc. Similes,
Personification and Metaphors have also been used in the context, for
example: fashions born in dead brains', 'little tongue of light',
'ocean of mystery', 'like a ragged storm cloud sweeping out the

On the other hand the signal man is a story about a man who lived in a
very lonesome place and believes in supernatural illusions, but there
weren't any. Supernatural in both the stories said to be about ghosts
and scary illusions. Again in this story linguistic devices have
heavily been used

In The Signal Man the signal man believes in supernatural illusions
and doubts every one. He has also experienced a number of incidents in
his life of being a signal man. Once he saw a ghost, which disappeared
and left fear on his face, the next time a girl died in the rail while
it was passing through the signal station. So this can be an illusion,
because he has never been touched or beaten by supernatural and has no
proof. But in The Red Room the ghost is actually harmful and injured
the main character, which proofs that The Red Room is haunted. When
the narrator yelled at the signal man from the high above, he thought
that it is some ghost or sprit who is calling out his name. The place
is actually not haunted but just because of a girl and the ghost
incident he thinks it's haunted or cursed.

The atmosphere of the story starts off relatively uncomfortable. And
this uncomfortable feeling comes only because of the linguistic
devices used. Tension builds up during the story as both the
characters have different feelings about the supernatural aspects.

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