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Victorian Ghosts, 1852-1907: EN 4573 Collection


The repetition of words was used famously by Charles Dickens to signify to readers the changing mind of the character, or more specifically, in this case, the effects of the Spectre presence on the Signalman. The literary use of repetition is also used in gothic literature to signify insanity in speech. Vrettos, Athena. “Defining Habits: Dickens and the Psychology of Repetition.” Victorian Studies, vol. 42, no. 3, 1999, pp. 399–426. JSTOR, [AT]

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