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
Works Cited Missing 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
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"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 visits the castle to check it out. After being warned several times about the Red Room, the narrator took no notice of him so he investigated only to realise that the candles in the room start to go out, so he re lit the ones that went out, but the other candles started to go out. This left the investigator terrified so he tried to light as

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