The Clocks in Dickens

  • Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Abstract

In Dickens’s novels, certain leitmotifs and themes tend to
reappear. To understand which particular issues captured Dickens’s
imagination, it is profitable to locate those recurrences. The motif of
the clock is chosen because it has been already singled out by
scholars as suggestive in Dickens’s narratives, but has not been
systematically discussed in terms of its stylistic representations.
Dickens’s ability to represent mode of time in language, and
specifically to represent it in a way that gives them meaning and
significance as well as emotional or expressive power, is at the heart
of his prose style.

Abstract

In Dickens’s novels, certain leitmotifs and themes tend to
reappear. To understand which particular issues captured Dickens’s
imagination, it is profitable to locate those recurrences. The motif of
the clock is chosen because it has been already singled out by
scholars as suggestive in Dickens’s narratives, but has not been
systematically discussed in terms of its stylistic representations.
Dickens’s ability to represent mode of time in language, and
specifically to represent it in a way that gives them meaning and
significance as well as emotional or expressive power, is at the heart
of his prose style.

Published
2018-01-31
How to Cite
LAI-MING HO, Tammy. The Clocks in Dickens. GSTF Journal on Education (JEd), [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, jan. 2018. ISSN 2345-7171. Available at: <http://dl6.globalstf.org/index.php/jed/article/view/1282>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2018.