The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens is a pre-20th century short story, written in around 19th century. It is a Gothic story as a genre. A Gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that predominated in English literature. The Gothic novel emphasized mystery and horror and was filled with ghost haunted rooms, underground passages, and secret stairways. These ingredients are essential and crucial for Gothic story in order to create suspense to the readers.
In the story an obvious theme of mystery and suspense are created in the first paragraph. From the third sentence, you realized it has been written in the first person, a practice uncommon for the time. You realize that it will be suspenseful, as you will only see the story from the angle of the reader.
The story grabs your attention from the beginning as the writer begins the story with some sort of a dialogue, "Halloa! Below there! (Pg 2)" This quick phrase in the first line initiates an excitement and anxiety to the reader. However he follows by a long paragraph that never even mentions anything about ghosts, but Dickens resolves this by building up a curiosity to the readers about the unusual behaviour of the Signal-man towards the phrase. This remarkable method of his generates a question in the readers mind, "why he does that?" and "what's the matter with him?" This effect definitely makes the reader carry on.
Setting plays a massive role in a ghost story because it makes the story more frightening and "spooky". Detailed setting also creates more realism and sensibility even though it's a ghost story. In The Signal-man, the setting takes place at a train track that is different to a typical Gothic story, which is usually an old castle, a haunted room or house. The writer uses the effect of darkness to create a sense of fear and oppression, "It stood just outside the blackness of the tunnel. (Pg. 12)" Dickens uses words such as "chill", "gloomy", "dark" and "echoing passage" to further emphasize the...
...group “Twisted Sister.” Both wore high topped basketball shoes and hair free flowing to their shoulders. One spoke to me. “Hey, are you the lady who is talking to dropouts? You should talk to me. I'm a professional dropout.” I did. And to many others. Their stories spoke of racial discrimination and rejection by teachers. “The way I see it seems like the whites don't want to get involved with the Indians. They think we're bad. We drink. Our families drink. Dirty. Ugly. And the teachers don't want to help us. They say, 'Oh, no, there is Another Indian asking a question' because they don't understand. So we stopped asking questions.” Their stories spoke of the importance and power of families and the Navajo culture. “I go crazy worrying about my parents. They need me so us Navajo stick together. I feel kinda proud to be a Navajo.” And their stories spoke of academic and social marginalization in their classes and schools. “It was just like they wanted to put us aside, us Indians. They didn't tell us nothing about careers or things to do after highschool. They didn't encourage us to go to college. They just took care of the White students. They just wanted to get rid of the Indians.” This article is about these Navajo and Ute youth who leave highschool.
In mainstream research the phenomenon of “dropping out” is commonly defined as an issue of individual failure (see Note 2). Youth “fail,”...
...10 New Year Resolutions for HighSchool Students
The New Year is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make. If you’re a student looking at ways to improve yourself and make the transition to college easier, International College Counselors offers a few more resolutions you might want to add to your list.
1. Stop procrastinating. How often have you underestimated how much time it will take to get something done? Then, how sad are you when you don’t have the time to do your best. At some point, the procrastinator has to write four college essays in one night – on top of completing schoolwork. Usually, this doesn’t turn out so well. If you finish a project earlier than you thought you would, then consider yourself ahead.
2. Commit yourself to getting good grades. Good grades are entirely necessary to get into a good school unless you’re a top notch athlete. The best case scenario is that you have good grades from the beginning. However, if you start off badly and improve your grades, colleges will give you points for this. Many admissions officers won’t look at your application if your grades are too low or show a steady decline. Spending a night studying while your friends play Wii may not excite you, but you need to look at this long-term. Think of it this way, grades are a bridge. They will serve you to get into a college where you will have more freedom. In...
We all have nice memories of when we attended highschool. Memories that will never be forgotten. For most of us it has been a while since highschool and it is all a blur. We all remember a lot of things, especially things that the school did and we didn’t approve of. Something that would annoy us, but we wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. The majority of us, I’m sure, don’t like the way the school handled the schedule, the food we had for lunch, or the teachers we had to listen to.
One of the things that they need to change in highschool is the way they handle the lunch periods. School is already hard on us because of all the homework we get and I don’t think is fair that they won’t allow us to pick our lunch period. We are all accustomed to eating at a certain time. The school would either give us lunch too early or too late. If they gave us lunch too early, we wouldn’t be hungry. In my case I would have breakfast during my study hall which was 3rd period, then I would have lunch which was 4rd period. I would have to force myself to eat or else I would be hungry the rest of the day. If we had lunch too late, we would not be able to concentrate in class because while we were working silently on our work we could hear our stomach growling, students...
English 100, Fall 2014
Highschool has been a very interesting experience for me. It has definitely had its highs and lows and many confusing experiences in between. Overall, I feel like I have been equipped for not only college, but also life as a whole. Highschool has taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, has built many aspects of my character. My experiences at Trenton HighSchool have shaped me into the person that I am today.
I am who I am today because of my experiences. Great or bad, they shaped me. Having two most amazing parents who always encouraged me and reminded me daily that I am defined to do great things made me believe that all great things are possible. Having a mom who taught me the importance of being kind and holding doors for any and all the young ladies whether I was dating them or not is the reason I will teach the young kids in the future under my leadership to do the same. I find myself relaying messages of kindness and encouraging others to be kind to one another daily as a result of this experience. One of my greatest experiences in life is having the opportunity to engage in Random Acts of Kindness with my family, faculty, students, and witness the smiles of the beneficiaries of our kindness. My mother, who is the queen of...
...television gives out light, sound and heat.
Potential and chemical energy are all stores of energy because they are not actively doing anything but waiting to be changed into another type of energy.
To understand energy transfer, we must understand particles,
States of Matter
Substances can have different states of matter:
The state of matter that a substance is depends on the amount of energy that each of the particles has.
Substances can change between states of matter:
As particles gain kinetic energy, they spread out more,
therefore becoming liquid and then gas. When
particles lose energy, they spread out less and
therefore become liquid and then solid.
Heat energy is energy on the move. Moving from places of high temperature to areas of low temperature. The bigger the temperature difference, the faster the heat transfer.
Heat moves by three different processes:
Conduction - mainly in solids
Convection - mainly in liquids and gases
Radiation - any state of matter can absorb/emit infrared radiation.
Vibrations in matter are passed on to transfer heat energy. This is called conduction.
Insulator - a material that stops energy being transferred.
Solids are good conductors because the particles are closer together and so the particles collide more frequently. Good conductors have free electrons. Metals contain free electrons and so they are good conductors. Free electrons increase conductivity because they...
...Philippine Science HighSchool (PSHS) students topped the Project Tuklas science contest sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Shell) in coordination with the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and AIESEC Philippines.
“It’s something very innovative,” said Julia Alexander Chu, president of Project Tuklas organizer AIESEC University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, referring to the project of PSHS juniors Creo Baylon, Miguel Ortega and Otto Lorenzo Uylangco. "It could probably power cities or towns.”
The winning project, “Determination of the Most Efficient Generator of Harvesting Energy from Human Walking Motion,” captured electricity generated from walking. It bested projects from 11 other teams of third year students from different public highschools in Metro Manila. The prototype, consisting of strips of metal wired together, is placed under the insole of shoes. Foot pressure from walking then activates the device. Small amounts of electricity generated from the walking motion can power a small light, motor or transmitter.
“The PSHS team created and submitted the best example of innovation in energy, one of the criteria of the contest aimed at encouraging public highschool students to pursue college degrees and careers in science and technology,” said Gerrard Ortega, Vice-President and General Manager for human resources of Shell.
English 10, Hour 4
May 4, 2015
HighSchool Football - Reduce the Risk and Reap the Rewards?
September 13, 2013, was sixteen year old Damon Janes’ last football game. Why, because he was pronounced dead in a local Buffalo hospital three days after that game. His cause of death, brain damage. Janes took numerous hits to the head during a varsity football game. He seemed perfectly healthy, but in actuality, he suffered brain swelling, bleeding, and bruising all resulting from numerous hits to the head while playing football. Janes was only one of the eight highschool athletes who died in 2013 from the brain and spine injuries they suffered while playing highschool football. In addition to brain trauma, heart conditions, asthma and heat stroke have contributed to three times more deaths in highschool players than in college football; all of which may have been prevented. Since the early 1900s the game of football has continuously evolved in an effort to protect its players from injuries and fatalities. In fact, the rules and equipment changes over the years have done just that for college and NFL players. Sadly, according to a number of studies, this is not the case at the highschool level where many of these fatalities could have been avoided. It’s time...
...switch from the traditional schoolyear to having year round school in order to properly educate the students in this area. In my personal opinion, I most likely agree with the Union City Board of Education do to the following reasons. First of all, more time would be spent on teaching new material in opposed to reviewing old material because of summer loss. In addition, with a 15-day break after 45 days of instruction students are able to recover and refresh. Third of all, it eliminates the need for summer enrichment programs families may not be able to afford. Clearly, these reasons should be carefully considered.
To begin with, more time is spent on teaching new material in opposed to reviewing old material because of summer loss. Usually with year round school, teachers have sufficient time to teach everything that has to be covered for the following schoolyear. Why do students lack of knowledge at the beginning of the schoolyear? When students are off to there two-month summer break they automatically forget the majority of lessons they learned the previous year. A 1994 study of three year-round California elementary schools showed that each of the three schools demonstrated significant achievement gains for its highly targeted at-risk students, including low-performing...