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Bleak House The Characterization of Mr Bucket The characterization of Mr Bucket is developed throughout the novel Bleak House beginning with his introduction in chapter XXII Within Bleak House Dickens introduced the first detective in English Literature Inspector Bucket Hired by lawyer Tulkinghorn to inquire into Lady Dedlocks secret past and later to investigate Tulkinghorns own murder he appears quite frequently towards the last half of the novel There is speculation that Dickens based Mr Bucket on real life detective Charles F Field a member of Londons new police force who was described to have an interposing forefinger to add emphasis to his conversation much like that of Mr Bucket Later Dickens wrote a letter to the newspaper denying that Mr Bucket was anything more than a fictional character After Lady Dedlocks disappearance Sir Leicester hires Mr Bucket to find her Mr Bucket later uncovers the will that is instrumental in clearing up the Jarndyce and Jarndyce chancery case While Mr Bucket is introduced well into the core of the novel one may assume at the time that he is simply another character that Dickens has chosen to present to us with no explanation as to why In fact you will notice that Mr Bucket is introduced during an inquisition involving Mr Snagsby at Mr Tulkinghorns chambers and soon forgotten until Jo is discovered lying on his death bed and it is discovered that Mr Bucket is the one to have taken him from the loft on that late night It is at this point that we begin to discover the true rationale and importance behind this great character There is a lot of mystery and intrigue to be found in MrBuckets role in Bleak House According to little Jo He is in all manner of places all at wunst Mr Bucket seems to appear in the strangest of times and circumstances For example when he appears at the house
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