Study Help Essay Questions

1. Is it in any way a disadvantage that various chapters of Bleak House are narrated by Esther Summerson? 2. Does Dickens’ present-tense narration prevent him from doing certain things that are generally desirable in fiction? 3. What prevents Lady Dedlock from coming across as a “round” (fully developed, very […]

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Critical Essays The Fog

A literary work does not necessarily become depressing or morbid simply because some of its subjects are gloomy, painful, or even grisly. Shakespeare’s Macbeth gives us scene after scene of dark atmospheres, crime, natural and supernatural evil, horror, and insanity, yet the play has remained immensely popular for four centuries. […]

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Charles Dickens Biography

Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812-June 9, 1870) was the second of eight children born to Elizabeth and John Dickens, improvident and irresponsible parents who (without deep regret, it seems) gave their offspring poor starts in the world. Without actually hating his parents, Dickens early saw them for what they were. […]

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