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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Let us believe that God ' s judgments , though they will culminate , no doubt ,
hereafter in one great day and ' one ... Let us believe , that if we are to prepare to
meet our God , we must do it now , here in this life , yea and all day long ; for he is
He goes on to picture Agnes ' tomb in the old village church , where , he says , “ I
believe that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook . I
believe it none the less because that nook is in a Church , and she was weak and
... love — the love beyond the grave - of those whom they knew in life , I believe
that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook . I believe it
none the less , because that nook is in a Church , and she was weak and erring .
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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