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Comparing The Signalman By Charles Dickens, The Man With The Twisted Lip By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle And The Red Room By H.G. Wellls

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Comparing The Signalman by Charles Dickens, The Man with the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Red Room by H.G. Wellls

'The Signalman', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Red Room' are
all Victorian stories written during the reign of Queen Victoria.
However, what we need to take into account is the fact that the
Victorian era was a time of unprecedented change. This meant that
technology was rapidly improving, for example, change was so fast that
people living at opposite "poles" of Victoria's era wouldn't have
recognised the other person's world; Victoria's reign lasted from 1834
to 1901, a period of 67 years. Charles Dickens' "The Signalman" was
written in the mid periods of Victoria's reign, published in 1866
whereas the other two were written much later, with "The Man with the
Twisted Lip" being published in 1891 and "The Red Room" published in
1894.

'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens was cleverly devised as it mixed
the old with the new. The type of novel he wrote was quite common
during the Victorian era as they had a particular interest in the
Supernatural; ghosts, etc. Charles Dickens was able to add a bit more
of excitement to this genre (which usually involved dark, mysterious
castles) by integrating it with the railways, a new technology. The
story relates in the respect that the railways were a new thing and
were seen as "cutting edge" technology to the Victorians and therefore
stories involving this would appeal to the Victorian reader. In this
sense Charles Dickens could be called a Social Historian as he
demonstrated the social history of the Victorian era, i.e. the things
that mattered to the Victorian people at the time. When Dickens
released his works, they would be in small instalments usually found
in newspapers. It is because of the fact that Dickens "told it how it
was" that made him a cult figure among Victorians, and meant that
people would queue at the newspaper stands for hours in order to read
his latest story.

Apart from the short story 'The Signalman' another example of Dickens'
work is apparent in "Hard Times". This is a novel based in Northern
Industrial England during the Industrial revolution; Dickens addresses
the many problems of this time such as the use of workers to make
profit.

'The Man with the Twisted Lip' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the
numerous Sherlock Holmes stories. This story also has the genre of
suspense, although not in the same supernatural sense as the other 2
stories; this is essentially a crime thriller or a "who done it" in
which we see Sherlock Holmes gradually solve the crime using
"analytical reasoning." The Sherlock Holmes stories appealed to the
Victorian people for many reasons, but mainly due to incidents in that
era, i.e. Jack the Ripper, who the police failed to catch. The People
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