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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By now it should be apparent that divine and human forgiveness are not simple
matters . To summarize so far , Christianity requires forgiveness ; it is a principal
virtue . But divine and , by extension , human forgiveness are provisional .
Barnes goes on to suggest that human governments are fallible because they
lack something like atonement . He yearns for some solution to that problem . If it
were possible to institute an arrangement which would secure a proper
But the slimey Lütterloh suffers a more surprising fate , one that has nothing to do
with human justice , but which suggests the operation of some providential
dispensation . De la Motte ' s punishment for economic and political crimes takes
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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