Bleak House is one of the biggest and most influential novels in the world. Charles Dickens tells an enormous story about a huge line-up of characters and shares his thoughts (satirical and criticizing) about the law system in the UK. At the centre of the narrative are Sir Leicester Dedlock and his beautiful spouse who enjoys life in their adorable estate.
However, he doesn't have a clue about the fact that his wife used to be in a relationship with a man before they met and even gave birth to a little girl. And, she believes that her child is dead. But, the truth is, she is alive and well, and Lady Dedlock's sister takes care of her. The girl doesn't know that her aunt is her real mother, and, after she passes away, John Jarndyce becomes her legal guardian. The girl attends school for 6 full years and then moves in with the man.
Soon, John assumes custody of the girl's cousins. They fall in love and want to get married, but Jarndyce tells Richard to obtain a profession before even thinking about starting his own family.
Esther, her cousins, and John are all beneficiaries of numerous conflicting wills. Furthermore, Lady Dedlock is also named as one of the beneficiaries. It's safe to say that this ridiculous legal case is the main character of the book, its strongest thematic element. The interesting thing about Bleak House is that the story is told both by a 1st-person narrator and a 3rd-person narrator, which makes it kinda hard to read. However, despite the heavy criticism, there's no denying the fact that Dickens created yet another masterpiece that makes you think, laugh and even cry.