Comparing the Settings in The Signalman, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Red Room

Comparing the Settings in The Signalman, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Red Room

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Comparing the Settings in The Signalman, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Red Room

Three different stories, all of mystery trying to keep the reader
gripped until the ending, each story keeps the reader in suspense by
using what is called a 'Hooking Device', to keep the reader reading,
the author needs to use a successful 'Hooking Device', and a brilliant
question to keep you reading to find the mystery answer. The Red Room,
I believe was not a solution, the main character treks off to find the
rumoured ghosts, but unfortunately wasn't successful. In The
Signalman, I didn't think this was a solution simply because, in the
end of the story, the signalman gets killed. Finally, The Speckled
Band, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson finds out that The Speckled Band,
was actually a kind of snake.

These three stories have another thing in common, they are all
Victorian, they where all written when she was Queen. The length of
her reign began 1837 and ended 1901. The Signalman is the oldest of
the three and the other stories are almost thirty years younger. The
Red Room was written in 1894 by H.G Wells and the Speckled Band being
a Sherlock Holmes story, was obviously written by Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle in 1891, and The Signalman by Charles Dickens. All the three
stories have a mystery genre, the setting chosen by the authors to
help achieve their purpose. Time is also a big factor when it comes to
writing a story, in the 1860's the railway was a recent invention and
'The Signalman' was published in 1866, this is because Dickens wanted
an original story about a railway and a signalman, if this story was
writ today it would seem unoriginal and bland because a lot of stories
are now based on railways. The differences are clear in stories of
today, they move away from the old based settings like the house in
The Speckled Band, which is classy and old, and in my opinion stories
with an old and classy setting are often the best.

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Charles Dickens "The Signalman" is inspired by the tragic incident of
1865 where Charles Dickens had been on a subway accident, he had been
travelling to London when the train unfortunately killed over ten
people, Charles Dickens was upset and distraught, and you will often
find his stories are based on his upsetting. Dickens uses words like
'dungeon', 'gloomy' and 'barbarous' in his story. The readers
automatically think that this is going to be a spooky, lonely setting.
When I read the story, I can't help to get the feeling of a country,
foggy, lonely setting, with just an obscure signal box in the middle
of nowhere next to the railway. 'A dripping wet wall of jagged stone,
excluding all but a strip of sky', this particular quote makes the
scene look darker by the excluding of the sky, and makes it also look
gloomy and damp. Again, to prove my point in the atmospheric settings
of the story, I found 'a gloomy red light and a gloomier entrance to a
black tunnel', the part 'gloomy red light' used in my quote, makes the
effect by the waving fog passing the red light.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band was surprisingly written while Jack
the Ripper was still active with his gruesome killings; this makes me
think some of Doyle's stories may have been slightly influenced. I
think the story lines of the Speckled Band are highly addictive and
got me reading till the very end, unlike The Signalman which
unfortunately I was bored at some parts, this shows The Speckled
Band's hooking device worked perfectly on me. With lines like 'The
building was grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion
and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab', tells me Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle was a great describer of his stories which means the
audience will rarely be lost. Another line I found amongst the story:
'About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished', I
found this one particularly good, because of its use of words,
'extinguished' means 'to put out', and that line is describing that
the light among the trees was put out or gone away.

The Red Room was my second best of the three books, the 'Hooking
Device' did work for me and I thought it was an interesting and
original story line. The Red Room is written in what some might call
as 'Gothic Literature' which involves the most extreme or
supernatural, like ghosts, witches and other gothic elements. This
story is mostly involved in castles and moonlight, atmosphere wise.
'The moonlight picked out everything in vivid black shadow or silvery
illumination', this line is also good for explanation, it is saying
'moons light' has the dark shadows. Also with 'Listening to a rustling
I fancied I heard, but there was absolute silence', gives me the
expression that maybe he is alone, or hearing things he doesn't maybe
want to.

Out of these stories I think 'The Signalman' was the spookiest, and
'The Red Room' was more of gothic style writing. Also, all of these
stories are of mystery, with puzzles to solve and answers to be
answered, this is what keeps the reader reading until the very end, it
would be disappointment for a reader to start a mystery story, and
never finish it. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be 'The
Adventure of the Speckled Band'. The three stories also draw out a
good sense of imagery in my mind, this happened throughout me reading
the story. What the stories also deliver is a particularly good
lighting, with gloomy setting along with a cold feeling, whilst you
read them, which is a great bonus when it comes to writing mystery /
thrilling stories.
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