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Charles Dickens - Bleak House Analysis

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´╗┐Analyse Dickens use of nouns, verbs, adjectives (modifiers) and adverbs in the opening of Bleak House. Charles Dickens Novel ?Bleak House? was published in the 19th Century at the time in History of the Industrial Revolution, which came upon many issues for England such as Pollution, Factories, Urbanisation and Diseases and so on. The opening of the novel to Bleak House is written in a third person narrator, which gives off the tone of being variously ironic, detached and urbane in the opening of the Novel, as it gives us an in-depth of the issues around setting the scene in London. As Charles Dickens wanted to entertain his readers, he still points out the key features to the Industrial Revolution giving the readers an insight to what really happened, enticing them to read on and unravel the attitudes and meanings of the Novel and time in history. The opening of the Novel starts off with a proper noun, ?London? this is an abrupt and astonishing short ?sentence?. In fact technically, it is grammatically incomplete (ellipsis), as it does not have a verb or an object. Therefore it somehow implies the meaning to ?the scene of London? which we are introduced to afterwards. ...read more.


It means ?to sink, descend, or slope downwards?. It has quite a softness vibe (there are no sharp or harsh sounds in it) which makes it very suitable for describing the movement of smoke. The noun ?snowflake? in ?As big as full grown snowflakes? surrounds by a clever meaning as the comparison becomes another simile: ?as big as?. And then ?full grown? almost suggests that the snowflakes are human. This is a device much favoured by Dickens (anthropomorphism) attributing human qualities or characteristics to things which are they inanimate. Then ?snowflakes? is a well-observed comparison for an enlarged flake of soot, because they are of similar size and texture. Dickens immediately goes on to play with the notion that whilst soot is black, snowflakes are white. The stative verb ?imagine for the death of the sun? is whereby Dickens has metaphorically stated that the snowflakes have changed colour. And if the sun has died the light and life it brings to the earth has also been extinguished ? which reinforces the atmosphere of pre-historic darkness he is creating (Industrial Revolution, the pollution and changes in the atmosphere). The dynamic verb ?jostling one another?s umbrellas? emphasises the amount of people that are there at the time being, therefore linking back to the ...read more.


therefore revealing that the ?places in the streets? have died and extinguished the fact that darkness has taken over the ?fog? is unbeatable. The use of superlatives (hyperbole); ?raw afternoon is rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest? Dickens exaggerates the issues which have been caused, as it gives us the sense of being variously ironic ? as it?s clear all these problems have been caused by the ?High Court of Chancery? therefore Dickens has unravelled that the fog (pollution, diseases, urbanisation) was in fact due to the High Court of Chancery which is full of idiotic and needlessly complicated lawsuits as he is ?at the very heart of the fog?. To conclude, from what has been gathered Charles Dickens opening to the novel ?Bleak House? was perhaps representing the vague view of progression in the future e.g. the fog. Dickens suggests that it?s unclear and blinkers view, therefore Britain?s in the Industrial Revolution cannot see the Bleak future, which have links with pollution, factories, urbanisation and disease. That has been caused by ?the very heart of the fog?; Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery. The title of the opening novel sums up Dickens expression of London, a bleak; hopeless, comfortless house. ...read more.

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