A Comparison of 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'The Ostler' by Wilkie Collins

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A Comparison of 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'The Ostler' by Wilkie Collins

Both The Signalman and The Ostler are Victorian ghost stories, the signalman being written by Charles Dickens in 1866, and the ostler being written in 1855 by Wilkie Collins. Both these stories were relatively scary at the time of which they were wrote (The 19th Century.)

Both writers create suspense in their stories by using a certain type of narrative, descriptive and organisational conventions such as in the beginning, they both have someone narrating it without the reader knowing who it is. The oster mentions murder, and the signalman has someone shouting, “Halloa! Below there!” Both of these examples
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In brief, both of these stories are similar but at the same time, rather different. The signalman is about a ghost that has been haunting a signal man on a railway, each appearance preceding a tragic event on the railway on which he works. And the ostler is about a man, a lonely man with less luck than anyone who falls in love, but only to find that she is the witch from his dream, the one that tried to kill him.

Both stories start off with powerful and effective beginnings, “Halloa! Below there!” the signalman starts off with that exact sentence making the reader want to read on and find out who or what was saying it, and who or what it was saying it to. The ostler uses narrative, “I find an old man...” this showing that he/she has made a discovery, making the reader want to find out about the old man.

Also, both these stories have been written in a mysterious way as to make the reader want to carry on, the signalman using a cold, weary, and isolated, where as the ostler uses an everyday appearance, out in the open, but still cold and weary, causing two different effects, the signalman causing suspense, and the ostler causing mystery and a feeling of fate.

The signalman is a moody and mysterious character where as the character from the ostler, Isaac is a quiet and unlucky person. These characteristics are what make the stories what they are. The signalman says “I don’t

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