Dickens and Thackeray: Punishment and Forgiveness
Attitudes toward punishment and forgiveness in English society of the nineteenth century came, for the most part, out of Christianity. In actual experience the ideal was not often met, but in the literature of the time the model was important. For novelists attempting to tell exciting and dramatic stories, violent and criminal activities played an important role, and, according to convention, had to be corrected through poetic justice or human punishment. Both Dickens' and Thackeray's novels subscribed to the ideal, but dealt with the dilemma it presented in slightly different ways.
At a time when a great deal of attention has been directed toward economic production and consumption as the bases for value, Reed's well-documented study reviving moral belief as a legitimate concern for the analysis of nineteenth-century English texts is particularly illuminating.
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Punishment and Forgiveness John Robert Reed. handlung , 1969 ) . ( Originally
published in London by Macmillan and Co . , 1884 ) , 56 – 57 . Subsequent
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Punishment and Forgiveness John Robert Reed. sinful ways she cannot accept
anything from her . Nor can she forgive Lilian . As we saw in Chapter 1 , humans
cannot forgive sin ; they can release others only from some injury to themselves .
Punishment and Forgiveness John Robert Reed. the false mouth , so smooth and
wide ; and yet there seemed to lurk beneath the humility and subserviency of this
short speech , a something like a snarl ; and , for a moment , one might have ...
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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