Hyperbole in “Christmas Carol”

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Why Dickens has used hyperbole in Charismas Carol?

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Dickens usually sketched his characters to extreme level so that they would describe one memorable and salient trait. Often, the names of personages became synonymous with their unique traits. For instance, with Scrooge, his inhumanity and parsimony is quintessential, such as in Stave I, author demonstrates this coldness and stinginess of Scrooge with the help of hyperbolic phrasing:

“…a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, coveetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint…solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features….He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.

…No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, not falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.”


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