A Comparison of The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

A Comparison of The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

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A Comparison of The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
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All these stories were written in the Victorian era and ghost stories
were popular. The reasons that ghost stories were popular was because
people were learning to read and write, there was not much
entertainment and people had a fascination of supernatural events. The
Victorian era was starting to develop more technology such as steam
trains and education was becoming more compulsory than optional
because people wanted young children and themselves to read and write
and since they had fascinations of supernatural events, ghost stories
was perfect in this era.

One of the famous Victorian ghost stories was "The Signalman", which
was written by Charles Dickens. The story is about a signalman whose
job is to make sure that the track is in the right position when the
train comes and must also make sure that the track is clear. In this
story the signalman hears another man shouting, "Halloa, below there!"
and this was reminding the signalman about the spectre that appeared a
year ago. The signalman tells the narrator to meet him the next day in
his workstation. The next day the signalman meets the narrator and
tells him a story about a tragedy that happened a year ago. The
narrator leaves and the signalman invites the narrator the next day.
When the narrator returns, he "saw a appearance of a man with his left
sleeve across his eyes and passionately waving his rig...


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...TV program will attract audiences
that wasn't interested in the story.

Stories of the supernatural continued to be so popular because of the
way that it has been written, the language used in the stories and the
suspense and pace that is also used in supernatural stories. Also
people in the pre-20th century was very interested in supernatural
events so ghost stories was very entertaining in those times and still
is today.

I like these kind of stories because the language, pace, tension and
suspense techniques that are employed in the stories motivate me into
reading more supernatural stories that are done by the past. One of
the three Victorian ghost story that I enjoyed the most would have to
be "The Red Room". This is because the pace was very thick and fast
during the suspense and tension used in that story.

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