The Signal-Man Questions and Answers
by Charles Dickens

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Please give a critical analysis for "The Signal-Man."

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Well, there are certainly many different aspects that you could focus on in this excellent short story by Dickens. One of them which I find rather interesting is the symbolism of the railway and how this is linked in with the themes of the story. Essentially the story concerns a phantom that warns or informs a helpless watcher of a fatal accident that is just about to happen or has already happened. In Victorian literature, the railway was a highly ambiguous symbol, as it symbolised fears about technological advances and how they...

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