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.
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Hegel , for example , saw punishment as an annulment of crime , a turning crime
back on itself . But , Moberly indicates , “ Punishment never is itself the intrinsic
retribution of wrong ; it never can itself undo wrong ” ( 200 ) . It is simply a sign for
Rigaud is an intense example of those characters in the novel who consider
themselves unjustly injured , thus owning the right or even obligation to repay
their offenders . They feel that some payment is due to them . They are the
creditors of ...
For example , he openly declares it among servants ' perquisites to appropriate
goods and to nose into the business of their employers . Yet he is faithful to his
master and even impersonates Deuceace so that he can escape his creditors
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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