Download e-book for kindle: How to Study a Charles Dickens Novel by Keith Selby

By Keith Selby

ISBN-10: 0333467280

ISBN-13: 9780333467282

ISBN-10: 1349102830

ISBN-13: 9781349102839

This publication offers a transparent approach to examine which inspires scholars to build their very own interpretation of any of Dicken's novels. It is helping scholars to spot a novel's significant thematic matters and pursuits and to argue a case in basic terms from the proof of the textual content. however it additionally strikes past a straighforwardly thematic research to contemplate how a unique is prepare and the way it really works. This in flip offers scholars with a manner of determining the individuality of Dickens's fiction and with a fashion of structuring an clever serious reaction to any of his novels.

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The situation in which Joe finds himself would seem to be identical to that in which he found himself with Miss Havisham in the previous passage: he is being made a financial offer regarding Pip. But Joe is altogether more confident in this passage. He answers Jaggers directly, 'sternly', and not through Pip, as he did when questioned by Miss Havisham. Jaggers, on the other side, is equally straightforward: 'I have unusual business to transact with you, and I commence by 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS' 41 explaining that it is not of my originating.

Mrs Joe is forever reminding Pip how fortunate he is to have been brought up 'by hand', and how many sacrifices she has made on his behalf, reinforcing these sacrifices with the necessary 46 HOW TO STUDY A CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL application of 'Tickler', a wax-ended piece of cane. ' said Mrs Joe, stamping her foot. ' 'I have only been to the churchyard,' said I, from my stool, crying and rubbing myself. ' repeated my sister. 'If it warn't for me you'd have been to the churchyard long ago, and stayed there.

But I was too much bewildered ... ' The reason why he is uncertain is that he does not understand the nature of these two men; he fails to understand the simple love of which Joe is the epitome, and he fails to understand Jaggers's integrity to the world of facts and money. Consequently, when he does go to London, he falls between the two worlds of Joe on the one hand and Jaggers on the other and becomes a worthless snob. He cuts himself off from Joe and the love he can offer, but, unlike Jaggers, he fails to understand the consequences of being a part of the world of money: isolation from others, loneliness and lovelessness.

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