This study guide will help you analyse the text “The Signal-Man” by Charles Dickens. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and perspectives.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Signal-Man”
Author: Charles Dickens
Published in: “Mugby Junction” (Christmas collection of "All the Year Round")
Date of Publication: 1866
Genre: Short Story
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English author of novels and short stories. He achieved great popularity during his lifetime and he is now considered one of the top Victorian writers. Dickens is mostly appreciated for the literary characters he has developed and the social critique included in his writings. “The Signal-Man” is believed to have been inspired by a railway accident the author was involved in a year prior to the publication of the short story.
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