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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It is interesting that in this early novel Dickens separates the financial debt from
the moral one . ... Oliver Twist , and concludes from them that the only escape
from this world is by death ( Charles Dickens : The World of His Novels (
Kathleen Tillotson sees no accomplished design in the novel , which she
considers loosely structured enough for " improvisation and modification . There
was no narrative plan , no dynamic view of the interaction of the characters , such
as we ...
Malone , Cynthia Northcutt . “ The Fixed Eye and the Rolling Eye : Surveillance
and Discipline in Hard Times , ” Studies in the Novel 21 , no . 1 ( Spring 1989 ) ,
14 – 26 . Manning , Sylvia . Dickens as Satirist . New Haven : Yale University
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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