The signalman is a ghost story, so for the events in his story, he will need to create a somewhat mystical and eerie feeling, particularly at night when the spectre often appears, and he will need it to have a secluded feeling to give the impression that the signalman is alone and so has to cope with the spectre and it’s predictions in isolation. The signal-man, page 1: read the signal-man, by author charles dickens page by page, now free, online.
The signalman by charles dickens this classic ghost story is now more than 150 years old it's the encounter between a narrator and railroad signalman it was my first taste of charles dickens and it took a while to get used to his writing style it was a really short read so i read it twice to make sure i understood what just happened.
A mere poor signal-man on this solitary station why not go to somebody with credit to be believed, and power to act” when i saw him in this state, i saw that for the poor man’s sake, as well as for the public safety, what i had to do for the time was to compose his mind. The signalman is a stage 3 title with a reading age of 8-9 and around 40 words per page six different level 1 books are available in a pack (0003230856) - the book includes a retelling of dickens' soundbites is a graded series of readers aimed at reluctant readers in key stage 3, with accompanying teaching resources.
This chilling ghost story revolves around an encounter between the narrator of this tale and a railway signalman during their first meeting the signalman tells the narrator that he has seen some. 'the signal-man' (1866) is a short story by the english writer charles dickens (1812-1870) in the story, a practical-minded narrator meets a railway worker who has been seeing supernatural visions in the story, a practical-minded narrator meets a railway worker who has been seeing supernatural visions. In ''the signal-man,'' dickens shows us how a logical analysis of reality can be plausible, yet still wrong for the signalman, the reality is that he must correctly interpret the apparition's warnings or suffer the guilt of having allowed tragedy to occur.
In the signal-man, the narrator meets a railway signalman near the train tracks distressed, the signalman tells the narrator about the apparitions that he has seen on the tracks one evening, the narrator returns to find that the signalman himself has been hit by a train.
In the signalman by charles dickens we have the theme of uncertainty, fear, isolation, madness, trust and respect narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that dickens may be exploring the theme of uncertainty the narrator unlike the signalman does not believe in ghosts or spectres. Dickens uses a well thought of distraction that makes us think further about the signalman's original ignorance a train goes by we have to remember though that this would have been an old-fashioned steam train and would have taken quite a while to go past.