Charles Dickens ' The Crowd Essay
I notice that Dickens introduces chapter 5 by describing the spilling of the wine cask. Immediately, the people present in the street rush over to lick the wine off the ground. The villagers are so poor that they go to extreme measures just to taste a drop of wine. Though the incident appears pitiful at first, the citizens soon start to sing and dance together happily. Dickens indicates how despite the poverty in the town, the citizens still find ways to be festive and make the most of what they receive.
On page 52, as Dickens describes the prisoner’s odd hand movements once he does not have a shoe to hold, he reveals the abrupt, awkward nature of the shoemaker through polysyndeton. Dickens states the shoemaker’s individual movements with “and” in between them which leads the sentence to sound choppy. The polysyndeton enhances how strange and unnatural the prisoner’s movements appear to the onlookers.