How do dickens and jacobs use the genre of mystery in the signalman
and the monkeys paw?
To answer the question, I believe that the authors of The Signalman
and The Monkey's Paw use the genres of mystery very well. I am going
to explain why I think that in the following essay.
The first idea that I am going to look at is the role of fate. We see
this take place in both stories, but in slightly different ways. In
The Monkey's Paw, we see fate take on a large role, as the story is
about a monkey's paw that has been invested with a lot of evil power
because "an old fakir" wanted to teach people not to interfere with
fate and its course.
In The Signalman however, the role of fate is not as large as the role
in The Monkey's Paw. The signalman sees a figure waving, and then the
next day, a woman dies. This happens twice again. I think that
whenever the figure has been seen, it is somebody's fate to die.
Furthermore, I will look at the suggestion of spectre. In The Monkeys
Paw, the paw had been invested with so much power because "it had a
spell put on it by an old fakir", as this "holy man" wanted to get a
message across to people that they were not to interfere with fate and
The Signalman is a story about a man who sees a figure, or a spectre
several times, and after the sightings, the next day somebody dies.
The suggestion of spectre plays quite a big role in this story, and
gives a very effective...