The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

People have written short stories for hundreds of years; however it was not until the 19th century that they really became popular. Short stories were the ideal form for writers who wanted to earn some immediate money and reach a wide audience. As more people were given the chance of receiving basic education, literacy rates improved and more were able to enjoy reading. As the technology improved printing became cheaper meaning that more people could afford to buy and read cheap magazines. This was in the days before television or radio when reading aloud was a much more popular
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It shows how the relationship between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife pushes her from depression into insanity. At first she does not like the room and its horrid wallpaper but soon she becomes intrigued by its patterns and what lurks behind them.

The third story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is a typical murder-mystery story. Sherlock Holmes is presented with a baffling set of circumstances from which he deduces the facts and reveals the villain. All three stories are common in that they are written in the first person singular. This has the effect of engaging the reader and making him feel part of the unfolding tale.

Conan-Doyle uses this technique in writing ‘The Speckled Band’. His story revolves around the character of the detective, Sherlock Holmes, however it is told as seen through the eyes of his companion, Dr
Watson, providing a good example of writing in the first person.

“The Signalman” is told in first person narrative; which makes the story extremely personal, meaning that the reader becomes more involved in the story and it feels like it is actually happening at the same time as you read it.

Charles Dickens also uses dialogue to reveal the account of the haunting and I believe he does this to make it even more personal still. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written almost in a diary form. Reading it you feel as if you are in the woman’s head as she makes notes in her journal. All three are

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