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The story The Signalman by Charles Dickens is a ghost story set by a railway line Dickens writes the story in the 1st person as if he himself is meeting the signalman with the disturbing past The story is slightly unclear however as to whether the audience are expected to accept the signalmans version of events or to question them The narrators own view of the signalmans version of evens wavers throughout the story To start with he is intimidated by the signalmans appearance and doubts his sanity Later on he learns of the signalmans background and starts to believe him Towards the end of the tale he again doubts of the signalmans sanity as he suspect that the signalman is subject to paranoia and he tries to find logical explanations The audiences perception of the story depends on how the signalmans account is read The genre of the story also depends on your decision to accept or question his account If you accept his version of events the story is a ghost story full of tragic disasters and vague warnings If you question him the story becomes a psychological thriller which takes you on his descent into madness There are many references in the story that suggest that the signalmans version of events are reliable The narrator discovers that the signalman is a well educated man perhaps educated above that staitionHe had been when younga student of natural philosophy paragraph 12 lines 36 - 49 He also mentions the the work of the signalman describing him as a man who was unscrupulous in his work taking great pride in it and ignoring any distractions I had observed him to be exact and vigilant breaking off his discourse at a syllable and remaining silent until what he had to do was done the fact that he was a good worker and student suggests that he was sane and reliable as youd need to be
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