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 equally important to forgive those who offend , because forgiveness
demonstrates the purity of our own soul even when it may have little to offer to a
sinner . Oliver Twist contains Dickens ' first sustained mystery plot , a narrative
device he ...
Esmond ' s narrative , then , offers subjective truth as an alternative to objective
truth , subjective history as an alternative to objective history . But Esmond ' s
narrative is not Thackeray ' s novel ” ( 5 ) . Because Thackeray , as author , does
As if to confirm this point , the first episode of the story proper offers just such a
situation . Encountering his old school fellow Clive Newcome , the narrator is
introduced to his father , Colonel Thomas Newcome . At an inn they join some ...
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