Blog 3 – Tainted Black

rite a brief critical appraisal of what you think Dickens’s main complaints are about Coketown- from the passage we explored in tutorials today.

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Coketown, as described by Dickens, is a monotonous suburb created for working and only that. The most mentioned colors are dark heavy tones, smudged by the blackness of coal. The town citizens follow a daily routine with little change, if at all. Deprived of all creativity, they are surrounded by “fact, fact, fact”. The entire area is smothered by a “serpent of smoke”, infiltrating every corner and leaving no exceptions. The intentional use of long sentence give readers a sense of the dull, monotonous atmosphere surrounding the town, uncomfortable and unsettling. The Coketown citizens knew only of work and nothing else, because they were not allowed to do anything else. The second paragraph, which is basically made up of one really long sentence, made it clear of the things they were forced to give up, because their comfort and basic needs were of no use to the industrial machine that they were a part of. All the buildings were built and painted the same without a distinctive feature, to a point where one could have been mistaken for another. The only exception seemed to be the churches, but even that fact seems skeptical. Are they built just for the sake of having one or is it built with the people’s interests taken in consideration? It is difficult to decipher whether it is really a safe place for religion or just another part of the machine, disguised as a “elegancy of life”. The story ended quite interestingly, with the last sentences imitating the rhythm of the bible. It can be seen as Dickens’ way of mocking the religious persuasions, all eighteen of them, for using the excuse of caring for the people to deprive them even more. For a town made for industrialism, “the people” seemed to be weirdly invested in religion, so much so that eighteen churches have been built and more are in the progress. Perhaps, by giving people the illusion that are somewhat free, it is easier for the government to control them. Dickens did not make clear his feelings towards Coketown, but if readers are not willing to dig deep and put in the work themselves to discover his intention, they might as well be one of the Coketown people.


One thought on “Blog 3 – Tainted Black

  1. Writing this paragraph has really helped you to deepen your own understanding of what Dickens is trying to convey. Great work Jamie!
    *Please attend to editing your work carefully. Here is what I have picked up:
    *is a monotone suburban = is a monotonous suburb


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