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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At first Evangelicals denounced fiction as a pernicious mode of entertainment ,
but soon they themselves discovered its power for conveying moral messages .
Legh Richmond disapproved of fiction , but utilized a rigid narrative form in his ...
fictions ( especially in the parodies in Novels By Eminent Hands ) , he was as
little inclined as most of his contemporaries to bear his punishment like a ... As I
have noted , Thackeray did not like to see fiction employed for extraneous
The Education of the Reader in Our Mutual Friend , ” Nineteenth - Century Fiction
34 , no . 1 ( June 1979 ) , 41 - 58 . Munsche , P . B . Gentlemen and Poachers :
The English Game Laws 1671 - 1831 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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