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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Ill though she is , the wife manages to raise sufficient money over three days to
save the property , but the subsequent improvement in the family ' s fortunes
comes too late , for the mother has exhausted her strength . “ Those children are
Heyling is cast into prison for debt , during which time he is helpless to tend his
wife and child , who die . He vows revenge , then falls into a fever dominated by
images of vengeance . Recovering from his illness , he discovers that his father ...
Thanks to Tackleton , the effective villain of the piece , John Peerybingle comes
to believe that his wife , Dot , loves a young stranger . John feels guilty of injuring
his wife by having married a woman so much younger than himself . He tells ...
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Attitudes Toward Punishment and Forgiveness
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