Comparing The Red Room by H.G. Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and He Ostler by Wilkie Collins

Comparing The Red Room by H.G. Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and He Ostler by Wilkie Collins

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Comparing The Red Room by H.G. Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and He Ostler by Wilkie Collins

A gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that existed in English
Literature in the last third of the 18th century and the first two
decades of the 19th century, the setting for which was usually a
ruined gothic castle of Abbey. The gothic novel or gothic romance
emphasised mystery and horror and was filled with ghost haunting
rooms, underground passages, and secret stairways.

I'll be looking at 3 short stories and the authors:

The Red Room, H.G.Wells, 1896

The Signalman, Charles Dickens, 1866

He Ostler, Wilkie Collins, 1855

The Signalman is set at a station beside a tunnel. It is written in
first person, so the narrator is talking to the reader. The Signalman
stays in a "manmade cutting which was extremely deep, and unusually
precipitous." "It was made through a clammy stone that became oozier
and wetter as I went down." Already the reader gets a very repellent,
dank, wet, thermal and tactile image creating unpleasant impressions.
"A rough zigzag descending path." So it's dangerous. Steep descent,
leaving natural world far above. "It was the most solitary and dismal
a place I ever saw."

Charles has also described this cutting as a "great dungeon." It is
massive; make you feel trapped or restricted, cold, dark, unwelcoming,
claustrophobic.

The Red Room is set in Lorraine Castle, which relates back to a
typical gothic story. It is written in first person, so the narrator
is talking to the reader. The main setting is in the Red Room where
the narrator stays over night. H.G.Wells describes the room as "a
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...e nowadays people don't find ghost, mystery
and crime stories strange, but during the Victorian age people
wouldn't talk about these things because they were deemed wrong and
against Christian teachings. The Victorians would have had a mixed
reaction to these kinds of stories because they were so abnormal, they
would have either said that it wrong and acted as if they were shocked
by it, or they would be interested to know what happens because you
wouldn't hear about these things on the street or in a conversation.

The story that I liked the most was The Red Room because you get
completely lost in it and whatever you thought would happen it would
go in the other direction. I also thought that the ending was better
than the other stories. The Red Room made me want to read on because I
wanted to find out what happened.

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