Bloom's How to Write About Charles Dickens (Bloom's How to by Amy S Watkin

By Amy S Watkin

Designed to aid scholars strengthen their analytical writing abilities and important comprehension of the writer and his significant works, this booklet deals useful feedback and techniques on the best way to write a powerful essay, and offers an insightful advent via Harold Bloom on writing approximately Dickens.

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This is a desperate time,” Carton tells Mr. Lorry, “when desperate games are played for desperate stakes. ” How to Write a Good Essay 31 You can also use a colon to formally introduce a quotation: Madame Defarge’s disdain for Lucie is clear: “Judge you! ” Longer quotations (more than four lines of prose or three lines of poetry) should be set off from the rest of your paper in a block quotation. Double-space before you begin the passage, indent it 10 spaces from your left-hand margin, and double-space the passage itself.

For instance, the man who writes “blood” on the wall after the cask of wine is spilled is perhaps calm but might still be insane, as he is clearly caught in the frenzy of the crowd. Mob mentality was generally frowned upon in Victorian England, where people preferred to work on individual terms. Sydney Carton works on individual terms, never becoming part of the mob mentality but working with others enough to sacrifice his lone life for the good of many others. Readers might find Carton insane, too, except that he tells Mr.

Sometimes Dickens’s characters become nearly mythical, like Jenny Wren or even Bill Sikes, or frighteningly real, such as Wackford Squeers, Madame Defarge, Mr. Gradgrind, and Wilkins Micawber. A few characters, such as David Copperfield and Sydney Carton, even closely resemble Dickens as he envisioned and remembered himself. Characters are the heart of Dickens’s work, often tied so closely with setting that one would hardly survive (or at least be nearly as compelling) without the other. This perhaps explains why Dickens’s works are rarely updated or adapted into modern settings.

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