Bleak House

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  • Inequality In Bleak House

    Tom-all-Alone’s, he meets Jenny, one of the working class characters in this novel. Her bricklayer husband has, again, abused her. Woodcourt attempts to ease her injuries and make her more “comfortable” (Dickens 559). While talking with Jenny he is called to action by a servant from Bleak House who chases a boy. The boy is very sick and weak. Once Woodcourt catches him and converses with the servant it becomes clear that this little boy is Jo. Woodcourt takes it upon himself to see that Jo gets better. Unfortunately, Jo does die under his care, but Woodcourt attempts to nurse him back to health before his death. Woodcourt meets both Jenny and Jo in Tom-all-Alone’s. Although he has an upper middle class profession and interacts with various other characters of that status and higher, he is able to spend a significant amount of time with working class people and traverse the boundaries of Tom-all-Alone’s. As Chris Vanden Bossche writes, “It is not what [he does] for these people that makes the difference, but rather the fact that [he] behave[s] in a way that grants them social recognition” (25). Woodcourt spending time with Jo and Jenny affords them the ability to be people rather than lesser beings. In Bleak House, Dickens succumbs to the “imagined community” of London, where everyone is an equal part of the whole. Anderson asserts that nation, in this instance the whole of London, “it is imagined as a community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and…

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  • Bleak House Character Analysis

    character portrays Victorian morality of womanhood. It has been no surprise that main protagonist Esther Summerson in Bleak House portrays ideal household lady in old England as someone full of compassion, motherly love, self-effacing combining unceasing flow of spirits, extreme activity and diligence, her punctuality, uprightness and remarkable frugality that distinguishes her from her mother, Lady Deadlock who epitomize the vanity of era but all seem to in ruins as the novel progress and by…

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  • Bleak House Analysis

    Bleak House is a story about Esther Summerson who lives with her aunt and is the illegitimate daughter of Lady Dedlock and Captain Hawdon. She spends the early years of her life at Ms. Barbary, her aunt’s house. After Ms. Barbary’s death she goes to live at Greenleaf at Ms. Donny’s with the help of her guardian Mr. Jarndyce. She spends six years at Greenleaf. After six years she goes to live at her guardian’s house accompanied with two other wards Miss Ada Clare and Richard Carstone. She…

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  • Bleak House Literary Analysis

    In Nineteenth century England society’s ladder was full of more steps than it is now. Not only were there high class, middle class, low class, poor and rich but there were grades in each category. People’s identity mattered because it helped rank them on this ladder and so they were becoming very aware of their social standing because the people who previously held high standing due to family lineage were becoming wealthy business owners, having a hand in controlling the economy as well as the…

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  • The Body Snatcher, The Phantom Coach And Bleak House

    time were either common tropes or the unique twist of that trope. Those features carry on in today’s readings of the same work, and, despite our modern bloodthirsty craze for terror, create the horror found in each of the feature frights. It takes exploration of three of those works – The Body Snatcher, The Phantom Coach, and Bleak House – to find which…

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  • The Importance Of Urban Spaces In Charles Dickens Bleak House

    Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is considered to be “one of the most urban texts of the most urban novelists” (Griffith 248). Bleak House uses a variety of urban spaces to progress the plot and build relationships between characters who would otherwise have no reason to interact. The novel first establishes the reader in the panoramic view of London. In the early Victorian era, London was expanding and becoming more industrial. London was a mixture of slums and palaces, law courts and graveyards,…

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  • Affordable Student Houses Close To Campus Case Study

    Looking for Affordable Student Houses Close to Campus Education is the most important gift a parent can give to a child. It is the only thing that can be called a valuable investment which a parent can die comfortably knowing that the child can survive all alone in this harsh world. It is therefore not something negotiable in the current world bearing in mind that the current situation demands knowledgeable people to survive in it. Education is expensive, that is something unavoidable but…

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  • Consequences Of Realism In To Build A Fire, Genesis Of The Tenements

    This selection was written to describe the conditions of tenement houses, overcrowded slums that filled New York City during the late 1900’s. The first sentence of this selection states, “The first tenement New York knew bore the mark of Cain from its birth, though a generation passed before the writing was deciphered.” The author means that tenement houses were “cursed,” or were terrible creations from the very beginning, but this was ignored and not tended to for a long time. The owners of…

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  • Apartment And House Advantages And Disadvantages

    Apartments and houses are very different from one another. I lived in an apartment complex for about six years, and there are plenty of advantages and disadvantages from my experience about that style of living. Living in an apartment is sometimes unsafe. When I was 11 years old, and my brother was 16. My brother tripped onto the street while riding his bike. There was a woman driving over the speed limit and ran my brother over leaving him with a fractured arm. My brother was rushed to the…

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  • Speech About Littering

    A perfectly imperfect world The picture below is of an urban residential suburb. I’d like to start off by asking you how you feel or what you think when you drive through the tree-lined streets of areas like Westville, Umhlanga or Musgrave, with its large homes and precipitous driveways? Cliff notes version of my thoughts: • Sense of hope and potential • Encourages one to dream for the future • Wouldn’t be tempted to litter because the community is so clean • Gives the impression that the people…

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