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Homework Help: English

Posted by Henry2 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 5:39pm.

I left out the following sentences. Thank you very much!

1) Coketown was a town of red brick blackened by industrial pollution. Actually, it was dominated by chimneys from which smoke coiled up like snakes. 2) Dickens uses two similes to describe its dull appearance. First, he describes the town as having the painted face of a savage, because of the red of its brick and the black of its soot.
3) The use of personification starts to give the town human characteristics. Then he likens the action of the piston of the steam-engine to the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness.
4) The similes are drawn from the animal world and share the connotation of wilderness.
5) The theme of pollution is enforced by the use of adjectives such as “black” and “purple” to describe the canal and the river. Then Dickens goes on to describe its residents.

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