The question was
How does the writer use language in this extract to create an impression of the shop and the people to be found here.
They left the busy scene, and went into an obscure part of the town, where Scrooge had never penetrated before, although he recognised its situation, and its bad repute. The ways were foul and narrow; the shops and houses wretched; the people half-naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly. Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery. Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low-browed, beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal, were bought. Upon the floor within, were piled up heaps of rusty keys, nails, chains, hinges, files, scales, weights, and refuse iron of all kinds. Secrets that few would like to scrutinise were bred and hidden in mountains of unseemly rags, masses of corrupted fat, and sepulchres of bones. Sitting in among the wares he dealt in, by a charcoal stove, made of old bricks, was a greyhaired rascal, nearly seventy years of age; who had screened himself from the cold air without, by a frousy curtaining of miscellaneous tatters, hung upon a line; and smoked his pipe in all the luxury of calm retirement. Scrooge and the Phantom came into the presence of this man, just as a woman with a heavy bundle slunk into the shop. But she had scarcely entered, when another woman, similarly laden, came in too; and she was closely followed by a man in faded black, who was no less startled by the sight of them, than they had been upon the recognition of each other. After a short period of blank astonishment, in which the old man with the pipe had joined them, they all three burst into a laugh.
My answer to this question was
Dickens uses the words ''low-browed'' to give us an impression of a frowning person, not a very happy place. This uses personification to give us a feeling of sin.
Outside the shop, ''reeked with crime,'' giving us the idea of death, robbery, and sin. dickens uses this to create a sense of fear to Scrooge and the readers.
Dickens uses the listing of, ''keys, nails, chains, hinges, files, scales'' to tell the reader that anything can be sold at this shop, stolen things, broken things, anything from nice bedding to ''tatters.''
The compound-complex sentences are used to create a sense of dread in the reader's minds. Not once in this extract is there a simple sentence because simple sentences create hope and Scrooge has no hope.
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