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How does Dickens's retain the interest of the reader in "A Madman's Manuscript"?

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How does Dickens's retain the interest of the reader in "A Madman's Manuscript"? "A Madman's Manuscript" was written by Charles Dickens in 1837 and is a short story of the Victorian era. Dickens's (1812-1870) was a British writer who mainly wrote about poverty. The interest in poverty could be because his father was imprisoned for debt. "A Madman's Manuscript" comes from the novel "Pick wick Papers" which was a short story about everyday people, but as someone in the story is mad t shows that not all people know who other people are. The theme of madness appeared in a number of Victorian novels. It often featured a mad woman who killed her children. Victorian novels that include madness would be the, "Haunting Of Someone". Dickens would have been interested in madness or imprisoned life as his father was imprisoned. In "A Madman's Manuscript" Dickens's draws from four main genres. Which are gothic, romance, diary and short story. One of the typical ingredients for romanticism is that it focuses on desires more than everyday realities, "He wants to kill." "He wants to be seen as mad." Extreme emotions of joy or misery are the sadness before he accepts madness and joy when he accepts madness. ...read more.


The theme of madness is introduced throughout the story creating tension. There are his plans to kill his wife and the consequences of his actions. Dickens uses the short story genre to create suspense and tension. In the introduction, Dickens introduces madness; sets the tone of "Madman's Manuscript" in the first sentence. The tone is loud and sets a frenzied atmosphere. This is achieved by the use of exclamation marks, "Yes!" He uses short sentences to make it seem more dramatic. Other techniques used are similes to compare/show how mad he is, "...to be peeped at like a wild lion through iron bars." This tells us that he thinks he is mad because he said "wild lion" instead of just lion. Dickens's develops the story when the madman meets his wife. The Madman thought this was amusing because the wife's "needy relatives" wanted his money but he thought it was even more amusing that she had married a madman. "...when I married the girl I saw a smile of triumph play upon the faces of her needy relatives." "It was for me to smile." "They had little thought they had married her to a madman." ...read more.


"...which my father's father died." The Madman wants to be seen as mad by the reader and other people. This is because the Madman is in love with the idea of being mad. "It is a grand thing to be mad." The narrator describes the brother and father like, "Three proud, overbearing brothers tumbled themselves before me!" "The old white-headed, father, too- such deference, such respect..." He describes them as people he is in control of; he describes them as object of fun to play with. When he marries their sister/daughter, this shows us that the story could be biased because the brother/father may not want her to marry him. Using short sentences and exclamation marks creates tension and excitement. "Yes! -A madman! A simile describing his madness, "...to be peeped at like a wild lion..." Repetition emphasises joy, "Ho! Ho!" These techniques show suspense and excitement making the reader want to read on. Dickens's retains our interest in the story (short story structure) by using a range of techniques. Techniques used would be short sentences, exclamation marks, similes to create suspense and tension to make us want to read on. Want wanted me to read on in the story was I didn't know what was going to happen next. English Essay James Dougall ...read more.

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