BLEAK HOUSE ANALYSIS Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is perhaps one of the greatest novels ever written. Dickens’ cleverly included all the aspects of a great story: murder, deception, disease, insanitation, and at the center rests one of the most dreadful of nemeses: the Court of Chancery, which has single-handedly ruined everyone’s perspective of it by being a blood-sucking being of its own with the character’s lives in its icy clutches. Miss Flite spent her whole life in the Court of Chancery uselessly awaiting a settlement, as did every character involved in the Jarndyce v. Jarndyce suit, “squeezed dry years upon years ago” and which came to a bitter end and ruined several people with the amount of funds gone into the case over the numerous years (Dickens 7; ch. I). Dickens’ ill opinion of the Court of Chancery extends to the whole city of London whose reputation is dwindling due to the overwhelming condition of the poor and the diseased. “The whole place is awash with garbage, and human beings are becoming hard to distinguish from bits of rag and bone,” (Eagleton). The orphan Jo is just one of the characters synonymous with poverty and insanitation. And in the opening chapter, Dickens illustrates his contempt more so with a less than flattering depiction of the streets of London, including the Court of Chancery, with the infamous “London fog.” “[The fog] is something like being imbedded in a dilution of yellow peas-pudding, just thick enough to get through it without being wholly choked or completely suffocated” (Miller 902). “Dickens sees his society as rotting, unraveling, so freighted with meaningless matter that it is sinking back gradually into some primeval slime,” (Eagleton). He sees the Chancery as the “most pestilent of hoary sinners” and warns: “Suffer any wrong that can be done you, rather than come here,” (Dickens 7-8; ch. I). From the soot snow blanketing the town to the choking fog and the grimy, mud-covered streets, the shape of the city is but a filthy correlation to the corruption and disease that abides there. Dickens ingeniously expounds his criticisms of the social and legal systems (with the Chancery at the core) of nineteenth century England with the specific references to health, medicine, disease, and sanitation in his novel Bleak House. He uses his characters’ lives to personify his criticisms and accomplishes it masterfully. “In all my writings, I hope I have taken every available opportunity of showing the want of sanitary improvements in the neglected dwellings of the poor,” so boldly states Dickens (Pollution 901). Dickens holds the social problems, including diseases and poverty, influenced by the pollution and insanitation of nineteenth century, in the highest regard (Pollution 901). The impoverished, unfortunate Jo epitomizes these problems impeccably. Dickens places him in Tom-All-Alone’s, a “black, dilapidated street, avoided by all decent people” which contains a “swarm of misery” surrounding it. His elaborate descriptions of the “foul existence that crawls in and out of gaps in walls and boards,” demonstrate just how dreadful the place that Jo calls home is (Dickens 197; ch. XVI). “Jo is an orphan, like so many Dickensian children; but being orphaned is now a collective condition, as society disowns responsibility for its citizens,” and no one seems to want to help Jo while he’s struggling every day of his life just to survive (until he’s on his deathbed) (Eagleton). In fact, Dickens proclaims that, “Jo lives—that is to say, Jo has not yet died…” because Jo’s life can hardly be called ‘living’ in that disease-ridden street of London. It is a dangerous, dirty excuse for a place to live. Jo cannot simply ‘live,’ he constantly “fights it out” every day of his dejected life having to seek out food and shelter with no money (Dickens 199; ch. XVI). Jo is at the mercy of several of the other characters when he develops his sickness. His sickness spreads to Charley and…
Chapter 10 review
1. the united states congress is a bicameral branch of government.bi-cameral means the house is divided into two chambers, one is the house and the other is the senate.
2. By giving each State equal representation in the Senate and representation proportional to its population in the House, bicameralism ensures a division of power.
3. Each Congress lasts two years and is comprised of two sessions. The dates of Congress' sessions have…
Some may think the Stranahan House is just a rickety 1900’s house, but it’s really a little slice of history in Fort Lauderdale’s backyard that also houses many events for locals and visitors. It was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, who is known as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father. He was also accompanied by his wife Cromartie Stranahan, the first school teacher in the area. This house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward. It has been used as a trading post, post…
In the show, House M.D., there is a particularly difficult doctor whom people cannot help but love despite his unpleasant manner. This is Doctor Gregory House. He specializes in diagnosing rare medical irregularities with the help of his team of diagnosticians. Dr. House is somewhat a mystery to his team members and everyone else. He is a sarcastic and bitter medical genius who can sometimes come across as an arrogant jerk. Some of this is due to his drug use (he has acquired an addiction…
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‘Do I really need a solicitor to make an offer on a house’?
The answer is that buying a home is often the biggest financial decision we’ll ever make (especially in Sydney, where property prices can be astronomical).
So making an offer and entering into a contract for sale without knowing your legal rights can have profound long-term consequences on your finances and your overall quality of life. This checklist answers…
There are many houses which are unique in their design, structure, price and other features. One particular house is located in Graham. It can be found on 10504 192nd St Ct E Graham, WA 98338. Due to the fact that it was recently built, it is in great shape, inside and out. It is now on the market for $189,950. Attempting to find a house with the fulfilled requirement of the house size, location, interior, and that is listed between $150,000 and $200,000 in value was a challenging…
On Cape Cod sits a white house surrounded by Massachusetts vegetation and farm land. It could be any New England home, but if you look closely this home is the setting for Alice Hoffman's newest book, Blackbird House. Blackbird House is a series of interconnected short stories. While they can surely be read one at a time, if they are read together loosely as a novel they will provide most readers with another. Every sense is awakened as one digests her flowing words. We…
Calculation of House of a Planet
It is very important to consider the house division for correct
predictions. The planets show their behaviour according to the
house they occupy. This lesson describes the method to
calculate the dimensions of the house and thus determine in
which house the planet lies. It also describes the Western or K P
Method of house division.
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composers can be heard perfectly pitched throughout the home daily during irregular times.
When one enters the music room, a shade of brown carpet welcomes whoever enters. When inside a plethora amount of colors illuminate the otherwise apocalyptic house. The walls stand out with the color of a glossy-like peach. The usual paint chips are covered with pictures of diverse times and certain moments. The room has a modern twist in the way of design with two comforting chairs with the color of velvet…
As with many of Edgar Allan Poe's pieces, "The Fall of the House of Usher" falls within the definition of American Gothic Literature. According to Prentice Hall Literature, American Gothic Literature is characterized by a bleak or remote setting, macabre or violent incidents, characters being in psychological or physical torment, or a supernatural or otherworldly involvement (311). A story containing these attributes can result in a very frightening or morbid read. In all probability…