What is the exact name for the kind of language that Dickens used in "Great Expectations?"  How did he apply it?

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In this Victorian novel Dickens uses a great deal of imagery. Imagery is language that appeals to the senses. It is description that makes the reader feel he or she is "in the setting." In the first three paragraphs of chapter three in Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses mostly similes to present a mood of extreme guilt and fear of being caught, but also a little personification is used to describe the dampness.  The diction that Dickens chose to use mainly consists of repetition of certain words, which brings more emphasis to the word itself, and the word itself establishes the mood and also the tone.  He uses a lot of triplets in the novel.  The repetition of the word "round" is used for a particular purpose. "One black ox, with a white cravat on...fixed me so obstinately with his eyes, and moved his blunt head round in such an accusatory manner as I moved round, that I blubbered out to him, 'I couldn't help it, sir! It wasn't for myself I took it!' "

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