What is the theme of Charles Dickens' story "The Signalman"?

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To me, the major theme of this story is that human beings care about each other but are totally helpless in the face of our fate and/or powers that are greater than we are.

In this story, the apparitions keep appearing to warn that tragedies are going to happen in...

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To me, the major theme of this story is that human beings care about each other but are totally helpless in the face of our fate and/or powers that are greater than we are.

In this story, the apparitions keep appearing to warn that tragedies are going to happen in connection with the trains.  But no matter how much warning they give, the people can't prevent the accidents.

The apparitions symbolize people's desire to help one another.  But their inability to actually help is meant to illustrate that we are really powerless -- that our fate and powers bigger than us will determine what happens to us in the end.

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