In this assignment I will be looking at Charles dickens “the signalman”. It is a typical ghost story because it is set in a dark and gloomy place in a tunnel and it has ghosts in it. The Victorians used ghost stories to scare people and in Victorians times they used to be scared of ghosts they used stories as a form of entertainment because they never had a TV or computers. In the signalman setting is important because of the way Charles dickens describes it (spooky eerie and dark) makes you scared and tells you that this is going to be scary and it creates a dark atmosphere.
By setting the story in a tunnel dickens the author reflects or brings out the dark side of the story by mentioning tunnel and in the middle of the night you know that it is in a claustrophobic place and it creates an image in your mind. The setting grabs your attention because immediately you think something tragic is on its way as often happen in ghost stories also where it is set in a tunnel Charles dickens doesn’t say where it is so it could be in the middle of no where.My first impressions of he narrator were that he was like a plot device and introduced characters also that he is mysterious nosey and judgemental and also he is trying to give warning signs to the signalman. My first thoughts of the signalman were that he is nervous, edgy and prone to attack. The ghost/spectre always appears to the signalman.
He always appears just before a tragedy on the railway. I think the ghost is symbolic or a warning and a figment of the signalman imagination.Also I think the ghost wants to scare him and dosent want to let him know that hes involved so he comes just before to make him think that it couldn’t be the ghost. The story is published in 3 different parts because in Victorian times it was published in magazines so they would have made more money if they published it 3 times because the people would’ve got in to the story and then they would want to buy the next part.
To make it even more exciting you could end it on a cliffhanger and you could prolong the tension.The signalman grabbed my attention because it made dark, gloomy and ghostly images in my mind and the way Charles dickens described it was very effective. On the other hand it was tedious and took too long for a short story to reach the climax. I think the ghost was described with not much imagination because most ghosts are white and scary they don’t vary much so there is not much to describe. When Charles dickens mentioned ghost you get the idea.
The story ends in tragedy with a twist in the tale I think the narrator was trying to warn the signalman all the time but he didn’t listen so it ends with death.The story raises Victorian like industrialisation and the railways because Victorians had a lot to do with railways. In my opinion the signalman is a typical ghost story because it is set in a dark and spooky place and ends sadly in tragedy, The Victorian reader would have been scared because they believed in ghosts and life after death so in their mind they would be thinking about death. What people have been doing to avoid an over flow on population. Many countries have now put in a population policies such as Tanzania and India.
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