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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Table of Contents Acknowledgments Preface Part One : The Context Chapter
One : Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness in Moral Texts of the
Victorian Period Chapter Two : Education Chapter Three : Legal Punishment Part
Chapter Twenty - One : Pendennis Chapter Twenty - Two : Henry Esmond
Chapter Twenty - Three : The Newcomes Chapter Twenty - Four : The Virginians
Chapter Twenty - Five : The Adventures of Philip Chapter Twenty - Six :
Chapter 18 brings word of Pip ' s Great Expectations and the flow of the narrative
now reverses in the direction of the ... In the central portion of the novel , from
chapter 27 to chapter 38 , a tenuous balance is established between these two ...
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