Introduction to Charles Dickens' Style
Introduce the following terms: alliteration, asyndeton, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, anaphora, parallelism, polysyndeton, epistrophe, personification and antithesis (for an explanation of these terms, take a look at the Great Expectations Study Guide).
Find a passage in Great Expectations that includes these elements. The following passage comes from chapter 1 and contains an example of polysyndeton, anaphora, alliteration, parallelism, and personification:
A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.
This passage from chapter 18 also serves the purpose of the assignment. It contains parallel structure, alliteration, and anaphora.
I checked off again in detail, his large head, his dark complexion, his deep set eyes, his bushy black eyebrows, his large watch chain, his strong black dots of beard and whisker, and even the smell of scented soap on his great hand.
This passage from chapter 38 also works. It contains anaphora, asyndeton, and parallelism.
No need to take a file from his pocket and show it to me; no need to take the handkerchief from his neck and twist it round his head; no need to take a shivering turn across the room, looking back at me for recognition.