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Charles Dickens is one of Britain's most popular writers - Examine ' A Christmas Carol' and how Dickens uses language and different techniques in the novel to bring people and places to life.

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Charles Dickens is one of Britain's most popular writers. Examine ' A Christmas Carol' and how Dickens uses language and different techniques in the novel to bring people and places to life. In this essay I am going to examine one of the world's best writers, Charles Dickens. I am going to explore how Dickens uses language and different techniques in the novel to bring people and places to life. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812, the son of a clerk in the Navy pay office. Dickens' first novel was published when he was only 25. This was the first part in a serialisation called 'The Pickwick Papers' the series was extremely successfully and financially very beneficial. Dickens then went on to write ' Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and the Old curiosity Shop' which were all completed by 1841. ...read more.

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He used senses like when he wrote 'berries crackled' to create a cold effect as if the berries were frozen over. All of these are packed into long descriptive sentences, so to break it up Dickens used a short four-word sentence that is 'The cold became intense.' to break up the description and to keep the excitement and suspense there. This also places enthuses on the intense cold which is the focus of his description. In the next passage where Dickens is describing Scrooge he mainly focuses on clustering of adjectives but also used a few similes to make his writing more engrossing. Dickens uses clustering of adjectives to describe Scrooge as a cold, tight, mean and selfish man. For example it uses the words, A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner!' ...read more.

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Dickens always uses similes in the best way as this time he wrote 'neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air.' Which brings the picture into your mind that there is a thick fog where you only just see the outlines of the buildings and the air seemed brown as it mixed with the brick. He uses long sentences in this passage followed by a short one to break up the text and give the reader a bit of a rest and to create more atmospheres in the book. In conclusion to my essay, I think that Dickens' writing techniques, which help bring his settings and characters to life. He varies the sentence lengths and uses similes, onomatopoeia, personification, clustering of words, senses and all these work well in his text. Dickens was the best writer of his time because he used so many interesting words and phrases and made all his books the best read. Brett Jaffray 10W ...read more.

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