The Language in The Red Room by H G Wells and The Signalman by Charles Dickens

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The Language in The Red Room by H G Wells and The Signalman by Charles Dickens Throughout, The Signalman has suspense and the tension is gripping, as the author, Dickens, has used exceedingly good description in the language and the setting is just perfect. Dickens had an advantage when writing this story as there were similarities between himself and some of the characters; since he had been involved in a train accident himself. He creates mystery in this book very well. He uses repetition in the book, as the phrase, 'Halloa! Below there!' was repeated at least three times in the story. The language used in this story sets the setting perfectly, here is an example, 'a dripping wet wall of…show more content…
The mirror distorts him so that he looks ill-formed like the three strange characters in the story. Another well written extract is this, 'One man with a withered arm, the woman swaying from side to side, and the other man with a single bent crutch…' '…he had wrinkled eyes covered by the shade, and he constantly coughed and spluttered.' This sets the scene that the place is weird and unique as they are grotesque and distorted old people, weird, with the feel of decay and death about them. They make you feel uncomfortable. Finally, another extract, which I think sets the setting of the story completely, 'the ornaments and the conveniences of the room were ghostly, the thought of a vanished room compared against today's modern world.' It gives the sense of the pale, half-vanished men in white suits standing next to the ornaments. Similarities between 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room' are they are both written in Gothic Literature. An example of this is an extract from The Red Room, 'Eight-and-Twenty years,' said I, 'I have lived, and never a ghost have I seen as yet.' In The Red Room and The Signalman, both use the characters and the setting to create tension and suspense . Both stories use intensive amounts of

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