The Signalman, The Red Room and The Man with the Twisted Lip

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The Signalman, The Red Room and The Man with the Twisted Lip

“How do Dickens, Wells and Doyle create tension and suspense in The
Signalman, The Red Room and The Man with the Twisted Lip respectively?” It is obvious that these tales were written in the mid nineteenth century because the style of writing is very different to the more modern techniques writers employ today. In these stories, we are told about objects which no longer have a place in modern society, such as
'the telegraph' and the 'steam train'. Therefore it was necessary to look more closely at the scripts to identify how the authors create a sense of mystery. These are three very different mystery stories, all of which are trying to keep the reader gripped
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The stories are true mysteries and can have no solutions as there are about the impossibility of ever knowing what is real.
Dickens’ story “The Signalman” is the oldest of the three, 1866, whereas the other two are less aged and date back to 1891 for “The Man with the Twisted Lip” and 1894 for “The Red Room”. Whilst all three authors are attempting to hold the reader in suspense, the places in which the various tales are set have proved to be very, very diverse.

“The Signalman” written by Charles Dickens in 1865. Dickens wrote this thriller a year after he had been involved in a railway accident himself. When travelling to London, the train derailed at a high speed killing ten people and injuring many more, consequently influencing his style of writing. He personally knew of the terrible dangers of the new technology. Dickens used the fact that it was new technology and a new era that no one knew what to expect in that it is always scary experiencing new things. Back in this time, the railway was a new innovation and was ‘cutting-edge technology’. Therefore this was a very modern flavour for Dickens to choose as a setting. Also, Dickens choice of environment is unforeseen and staggering in which he combines the earliest paranormal and the contemporary day inventions.
There is also a very Victorian suggestion about rigid class division, it being very obvious to the narrator that this signalman is too sophisticated to be