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Bleak House, Charles Dickens

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Question: How does Dickens create a sense of atmosphere in the opening of Bleak House? Dickens create a sense of atmosphere in the opening 'Bleak House', which sets the scene for the rest of the novel. He uses strong descriptive language to enhance this atmosphere, so the reader can envisage the scene that he is trying to describe, although never going overboard in his description, he still manages to create an immutable, powerful image that stays in the readers mind almost allowing the reader to sympathies with the feelings that he is trying to put across. ...read more.


the atmosphere, hence it sounds almost like a statement as if to say that, that is his opinion of London at the time and he wants the reader to respect that. Dickens creates this dirty, unusual image of 'black drizzle' and 'flakes of soot', which seems to be mirrored onto the people as they are described as having 'a general infection of ill-temper' meaning that their temper is almost like a disease that spreads rapidly from one person to the other.. ...read more.


The 'green aits and meadows' are clean, but it seems to capitulate under the dirty fog. This shows a sense of overpowering, which is metaphorically related to the 'Chancery' as they are overpowering and are corrupting the city making it look ugly and dirty. There greed is embedded into them so much, that they want to take over what ever is left, even whatever is green and fresh. Dickens even personifies the fog by saying that it 'cruelly pinches'. He makes this atmosphere he is trying to create look like poison, something that has no mercy and is relentless in its attack until it satisfies itself. ...read more.

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