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Bleak House

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Bleak House is a novel, written by the English writer Charles Dickens, which was published in a series of installments between March 1852 and September 1853. The novel explores London’s social problems of that time, such as safety standards in factories and working conditions. As a result, Bleak House has been regarded as a “Condition of England” novel, meaning that it undertakes the countries’s key socio-political problems and questions. But above all, the author centers his attention in London’s inefficient Court of Chancery; a depiction that works as an epitome of the city as a whole. The Court’s state of paralysis and slowly decay is reflected in the city’s contamination, filthiness and labyrinthine layout. Even worse, the characters are…show more content…
Krook is an illiterate man who owns a store in which he accumulates things. He lives in a world saturated with archaic objects, as well as the court is saturated with piled up cases and archaic procedures. So, in this sense, Krook’s death can be regarded as a warning of what may happen to the justice system if its institutions continue in a state of paralysis. Krook’s decay and contamination is also protrayed through his house’s description; once again, the places assume the characteristics of the people who inhabit them. Once in Krook’s house, before encountering his remains, Mr. Gubby and Tony Jobling come across “a thick, yellow liquor […] which is offensive to the touch and sight and more offensive to the smell. A stagnant, sickening oil with some natural repulsion in it that makes them both shudder.” This liquor What is interesting about Krook’s death is the fact that he imploded, he died as a cause of spontaneous combustion. This seems, from a scientific point of view, impossible. But if we considered it as a metaphor, we may agree that Krook’s body imploded as a result of its decay, therefore, the same thing could happen to the Court of Chancery: “The Lord Chancellor of that Court, true to his title in his last act, has died the death of all Lord Chancellors in all Courts, and of all authorities in all places under all names soever, where false pretenses are made, and where injustice is
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