Imagery in Bleak House

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  • Topic: Bleak House, Charles Dickens, Court of Chancery
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IMP of imagery:
Our brains think in pictures, the brain is therefore greatly influenced by the use of vivid imagery,the principle of conveying msg thro images is universal in its effctivness. In any piece of literry work using imagery is a very skillfull technique with it’s a various significances. images suggest a meaning beyond the physical facts of the images themselves. It takes your story beyond simple plot or character development and creates depth and meaning. A good writer will use symbols that enhance the story's theme or pulls together all the fictional elements providing unity & strength to the text. Symbols/imagery are often used to foreshadow later events in a story. Charles Dickens employs certain tools to create particular effects in 'The Bleak House'. A combination of these techniques allows for the semantics to be clearly expressed Charles Dickens characters are a very important part of his writing he uses his characters moods and emotions to create imagery He uses imagery to create the atmosphere by using material object to symbolize an emotional state. Charles Dickens also elaborates on the mood of a scene by using dark and light colors and using emotion to make the scene more dramatic.


Chancery is introduced in the first chapter and from the opening sentences the Court is linked with the symbols of fog and mud: "Never can there come a fog too thick, never can there come mud and mire too deep,...holds, this day" There is the prevailing view of imagery in bleak house asociatd wid institutionz whch sands for the “dead hand of the past” the mud & fog sroundng the high crt of chancery, flood wtr threatnng 2 engulf Chesney wold, the seat of arstocratc deadlock fmly,these imgs hav cmbined to sugest to most readers in Zabel’s words “frustrations that cast humanity back into the drakest abysses of ancient blindness & primitiv futility “ they cmbine an antediluvian age & obselescence to moribund institutions such as chancory & aristocracy. Two quite effective symbols in Bleak House are the fog and "the Roman" who points down from Mr. Tulkinghorn's ceiling and symbolizes the theme of retribution, of evil ultimately bringing ruin upon itself. In turn, the "technique" of foreshadowing lends unity to the story because it prepares us by dealing with things that will be developed later on. The Bleak House fog is a complex symbol that foreshadows several motifs of importance. Richard Carstone, for example, gradually becomes "lost," unable to "see," in the mental and spiritual fog generated by the High Court of Chancery.

A literary work does not necessarily become depressing or morbid simply because some of its subjects are gloomy, painful,

Heavy, persistent fog is not something that tends to lift spirits and brighten faces. In a story, such a fog may even serve as a symbol of institutional oppression and human confusion and misery. The fog that Dickens creates for Bleak House serves him in exactly that way. And yet it is not, after all, a real-life fog, but a verbal description of the real-life thing. The fog is striking, piquant; it even has something of the glamour of the mysterious. It is alwys dificlt to infer a systm of ideas from pattern of images, Dickens is an artist who delights in imagination and who is in charge of his material as he imagines and writes things down — he is enjoying the fog he creates, and that enjoyment is inevitably conveyed to us as we read. In fact, part of what Dickens delights in as he puts the fog together word by word is his very ability to describe so interestingly. James M. Brown very gives very apt description of themes of bleak house, "His social criticism is embodied in a vision of social experience in its generality-the essential quality of everyday social relations throughout the system, and the general possiblities for a fulfilling social life" The third-person narration contains the themes of economic interconnectedness and social criticism while Esther's...
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