Bleak House

Bleak House

by

Charles Dickens

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Fog

In Bleak House, fog symbolizes confusion and illusion—in other words, the inability to see clearly. In the opening of the novel, London is wrapped in fog so thick that it enters people’s houses and…

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Miss Flite’s Birds

Miss Flite’s caged birds symbolize the stifling effect that Chancery lawsuits have on the characters throughout the novel, as such lawsuits lead people to suspend other goals and ambitions because they wait to see…

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Houses

Throughout Bleak House, houses represent the inner lives of the people who live in them. This was a trope which was common in both Victorian fiction and in the popular Gothic novels of the…

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