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A Comparison Of The Signalman By Charles Dickens, The Red Room By H.G. Wells And The Monkey's Paw By W.W. Jacobs

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A Comparison of The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
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All these stories were written in the Victorian era and ghost stories
were popular. The reasons that ghost stories were popular was because
people were learning to read and write, there was not much
entertainment and people had a fascination of supernatural events. The
Victorian era was starting to develop more technology such as steam
trains and education was becoming more compulsory than optional
because people wanted young children and themselves to read and write
and since they had fascinations of supernatural events, ghost stories
was perfect in this era.

One of the famous Victorian ghost stories was "The Signalman", which
was written by Charles Dickens. The story is about a signalman whose
job is to make sure that the track is in the right position when the
train comes and must also make sure that the track is clear. In this
story the signalman hears another man shouting, "Halloa, below there!"
and this was reminding the signalman about the spectre that appeared a
year ago. The signalman tells the narrator to meet him the next day in
his workstation. The next day the signalman meets the narrator and
tells him a story about a tragedy that happened a year ago. The
narrator leaves and the signalman invites the narrator the next day.
When the narrator returns, he "saw a appearance of a man with his left
sleeve across his eyes and passionately waving his right arm." He then
saw a little of group of other men. The narrator received some bad
news. One of the men told the narrator that the signalman died.
"Signalman killed this morning, sir."

The narrator replies, "Not the man belonging to that box?"

"Yes sir."

"Not the man I know"

"You will recognise him sir, if you knew him."

The reason that the signalman died is a train dragged him and the
signalman did not hear the other man warning him. He said "Below
there! Look out! Look! For God's sake clear the way!"

The man then explained more on what happened.

"Ah! It was a dreadful time, sir. I never left calling to him. I put
this arm before my eyes not to see, and I waved this arm to the last,
but it was no use."

This means that the signalman was having 'visions' of his own death.

Another famous Victorian ghost story was "The Red Room" which was
written by H.G. Wells.

The Red Room is about a Duke who use to live in this supposed haunted
castle. He died because of The Red Room and his wife left the castle
after he died. The caretaker is the only one looking after the castle.
The narrator is interested in the Red Room so he...

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