Charles Dickens portrays Coketown, a simple indust


Charles Dickens portrays Coketown, a simple industrial village, in a blasé tone with a hint of esotericism.  Dickens expresses this view of the mechanical town through his unique use syntax.

The most noticeable trait of Dickens’ syntax his repetitive use of words or phrases.  This structure depicts the industrial town as a giant machine complete with dirt and interchangeable parts and.  In sentence six Dickens use of anaphora expresses this idea clearly.  Furthermore, Dickens uses anaphora in sentences one and two begging them with “It was a town” to emphasize his portrait of the town.  Dickens continues this technique in other sentences of the piece.  Dickens view of the town as a machine is further exemplified by his use of antimetabole in sentence thirteen.  His depiction of the look-a-like buildings creates a picture of the rows of machines in a factory.  The use of alliteration in sentence fourteen furthers dickens point.  However, under “the smoke and ashes” is a face that only the townspeople can decipher.  To the typical person it is “savage” face.  Dickens expresses this in sentence four; the flow of the sentence from detail to detail portrays the town as a “workers” environment.  

Dickens use of various devices in his syntax exemplifies and dramatizes his main tone and theme of Coketown.

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