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Commentary on a passage from "Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens.

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Commentary, Dombey and son Dombey and son is an exceptionally well written book by the Victorian author Charles dickens. The given passage has been taken from the same book. There are three main themes clearly portrayed in the given passage. These are death, hope and despair. We can see the subthemes of a child's helplessness and his fantasies. The passage depicts how little Paul is suffering from a life threatening disease but he yet tries to fight the disease and truly believes that he can survive. The first line states that "Paul had never risen from his little bed". This line suggests that Pauls disease had rendered him a cripple and it was an extremely fatal disease. The author speaks in the third person narrative voice hence his tone is impersonal but the way in which he describes the setting and the passage, the amount of detail in the story helps the reader to easily visualize everything. ...read more.


Paul is in a state of peace and tranquillity throughout the passage even though death is hammering at his life's door. Somehow he is protected by his peaceful mind and death cannot penetrate him. Paul thinks of the stars at night and imagines them to be placid like him. Hence the author has called the stars peaceful. Paul observes the city of London from his window but the river Thames always seems to catch his attention. The river symbolizes Paul's life. The river flows on and ends when it meets the sea. In the same way Paul's life too is swiftly flowing away and it will soon come to an end. Paul realises this and so he tries to stop it with his childish hands. He tries to choke its way with sand but to no avail as the river goes on. As the night continues Paul can hear very few footsteps from outside on the street in contrast to the day when he could hear a huge amount of sounds not only footsteps but even carriages and the whinnying of horses. ...read more.


.The use of hyphens creates a dramatic effect in the mind of the reader and grips him due to the suspense and the tense atmosphere hence proving dickens as a master of writing. After the last line Paul wakes up realising it was a dream and seeing his sister Florence at his side he crawls into her lap and tells her of his dream. His sister is always at his side taking care of him. She adopts the archetype of a mother, nurse and a friend at the same time. This also shows us how much love Florence has for Paul and how Paul shares everything with her. Paul's condition makes us all feel sorry for him and we all try to sympathize with him. But yet the bravery he shows as he fights his disease and tries his best to fight death at the same time should teach us all that we should never ever lose hope in something that we truly believe in. ?? ?? ?? ?? BY, SATISH AHUJA ...read more.

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