The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Ostler by Wilkie Collins

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The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Ostler by Wilkie Collins Both stories build up suspense and anxiety. Arthur Conan Doyle's "Engineer's Thumb" conveys the feelings of a man who has lost his thumb whilst Wilkie Collins "The Ostler" is based upon a dream. The stories are written to shock the reader as they get caught up in the gripping storylines. Although the stories leave you tense and anxious they allow you to experience the events as they are written in 1st person. "I believe, been told more than once in the newspaper". Despite the stories being written in the late 1800's they are still modern today. Superstitions were believed to be serious in the 1800's as many superstitions became reality. In "The Ostler" Isaac's dream turned out to be real. Nowadays people don't take superstitions seriously as there are know real consequences. Maybe it was faint but more than likely it was their minds just playing tricks on them. "Engineers Thumb" describes to us how an inspector and his sidekick try vigorously to unveil the secrets of the wound whereas "The Ostler" shows how superstitions can become reality when "The Ostler" dreams he gets attacked only for it to become true with serious side effects. The openings of each story differ as "The Ostler" is more dramatic than the "Engineers Thumb". "Something curious", this grabs the reader's attention as we want to know what is so eye-catching to make the narrator take notice. The "Engineers Thumb" is more interesting as it is far more descriptive than "The Ostler" "My friend Mr Sherlock Holmes", Doyle's use of informative writing ensures that the reader isn't put off. Furthermore it ensures that the reader feels the story is real which makes the mystery more intense. Tension is created in "The Ostler" through dramatic dialogue. "Murder! Wake up there! For gods sake, wake up!" the use of the exclamation mark indicates the panic and volume whilst separating the sentence to make it convey the frantic feelings.

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