A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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What effect does Dickens achieve with personification in Chapter 5, Book 1 in A Tale of Two Cities?

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Chapter 5 in Book 1 of Charles Dickens's novel A Tale of Two Cities is entitled "Wine Shop." In this chapter, the setting changes from Dover, England, to Saint Antoine, a small village in France. The people living there are in abject poverty. Dickens shows this by the event of a wine cask being spilled in the street. People flock to it and are described as lapping up the wine, cupping it in their hands to drink, using handkerchiefs to soak it up and give it to babies, and licking the cask itself. Shortly after this, Dickens personifies hunger in these lines from the chapter: 

"Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung on poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeating in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat. Hunger was...

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