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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You have no rankling feeling . ... And he who cannot feel indignation against
wrong cannot , in a manly way , forgive injury . But I say ... And he who has ever
tasted that Godlike feeling of forbearance when insulted ; of speaking 18 Dickens
Much of the action of Dombey and Son is designed to position Dombey where he
will feel the full weight of his offense . The main thrust of the narrative is to burden
Dombey with a heavy debt of injustice to Florence . His condescending and ...
When he is still young and inexperienced , David feels thoroughly daunted by the
“ respectable ” Littimer , Steerforth ' s servant . Littimer ' s coolness makes David
feel young and inept . Moreover , he fancies that Littimer is always capable of ...
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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