The Language in The Red Room by H G Wells and The Signalman by Charles Dickens
Throughout, The Signalman has suspense and the tension is gripping, as
the author, Dickens, has used exceedingly good description in the
language and the setting is just perfect.
Dickens had an advantage when writing this story as there were
similarities between himself and some of the characters; since he had
been involved in a train accident himself. He creates mystery in this
book very well. He uses repetition in the book, as the phrase,
'Halloa! Below there!' was repeated at least three times in the story.
The language used in this story sets the setting perfectly, here is an
'a dripping wet wall of gagged stone excluding all but a strip of
sky,' it tells you, the reader, that it is a weird place and it says
what it feels like and looks like. Here are some other great
descriptive phrases that describe the setting, 'a gloomy red light and
the gloomier entrance to a black tunnel', 'a barbarous, depressing and
forbidding air.' These phrases give a sense that the setting is dark
Ultimately, it means that it is very hard to see because of the
limited light; it would be a very uncomfortable place to be.
The Red Room is about an old castle which boasts a dark room in it
which is theoretically meant to have a ghost in it. A man, who is not
named, enters this room to prove that there is nothing in there, no
ghosts or spirits. The old people would not show him the room, this
builds the tension. Once in the room, his candle goes out and then
everything begins... and the only thing really in the room is FEAR! An
extract from the story emphasises how good the descriptive language is
to create the setting.
'I caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an
impossible sturdiness in the queer old mirror.' This gives the effect
that just one of the many things is in place. The mirror distorts him
so that he looks ill-formed like the three strange characters in the
story. Another well written extract is this, 'One man with a withered
arm, the woman swaying from side to side, and the other man with a
single bent crutchâ€¦' 'â€¦he had wrinkled eyes covered by...