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by Charles Dickens

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What are the themes in The Signalman? Fate?

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"The Signal-Man" by Charles Dickens certainly has Fate as a theme; Isolation and the Supernatural can also be motifs. And perhaps all three contribute to the final outcome of this story. 


Dickens's story opens with a railroad signalman's becoming fearful of the narrator as his call to the signalman has strangely reminded this man of the very same words that a supernatural apparition has uttered when seen at a nearby tunnel.  This ghost haunts the signalman who seeks to comprehend the meaning of his appearance and gestures and...

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