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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Present at the Maypole when the rioters are attacking the Warren , he hears the
warning bell ring , the same bell that rang the night of his crime , and convulsively
re - experiences his crime , tormented by the sound of the bell . “ He sank upon ...
... for adults , though it is entirely acceptable where children are concerned , as
Thackeray indicates in his review of John Edward Taylor ' s collection of
traditional fairy tales , The Fairy Ring , in the Morning Chronicle for December 26
, 1845 .
... 234 , 240 , 256 , 270 - 88 , 289 - 90 Greg , W . R . , 5 Greuze , Jean - Baptiste ,
75 Grillo , Virgil , 66 Guy Livingstone ( Lawrence ) , 475 Fairy Ring , The ( Taylor )
, 316 Fairy tales , 470 - 71 Family Commentary upon the Sermon on the Mount ...
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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