Critical Companion to Charles Dickens: A Literary Reference by Paul B Davis

By Paul B Davis

A grasp of utmost occasions, Charles Dickens populated his novels with unforgettable characters and complex settings. ''Critical spouse to Charles Dickens'' is a vital connection with every little thing one must learn about Dickens and his paintings. This revised, reorganized, and completely up-to-date revision of ''Charles Dickens A to Z'' includes large updates, together with extended remark at the novels and at the significant characters, in addition to updates to mirror the most recent in Dickens scholarship. This accomplished, single-volume reference comprises entries in this writer's works, together with the characters in every one paintings, the most important ancient and thematic info, and important dialogue. additionally it is entries on comparable humans, areas, topics, themes, and affects. extra gains contain 50 illustrations, a chronology, a bibliography of basic and secondary resources, and masses extra. insurance comprises: an in depth dialogue of Dickens' existence; synopses and significant examinations of Dickens's released works, significant and minor, with large analyses of his significant novels, together with ''David Copperfield'', ''Bleak House'', ''Oliver Twist'', ''A Christmas Carol'', and extra; entries at the characters in his fiction, with significant characters receiving broad statement; profiles of associates, kinfolk, and contemporaries, in addition to the locations very important to Dickens' lifestyles and fiction; and discussions of issues and demanding, broader issues.

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She knows him as her husband, thought to have been murdered 22 years earlier. He is, in fact, the murderer who killed his employer, Reuben Haredale, and a gardener. He pursues his wife to extort money from her and is finally captured by Geoffrey Haredale (56). In prison he meets his son (62). Unrepentant, he is hanged for his crimes (76). The central figure in the gothic mystery story that dominates the first half of the novel, Rudge is only loosely connected to the riots in the second half by the accident of his capture at the same time that his son is imprisoned for rioting.

Bluff, hale, hearty, and in a green old age” (2). He is a loyal friend to Mrs. Rudge and her son Barnaby, securing a pardon for the boy after the riots (79). A sturdy upholder of law and order during the riots as a member of the Royal East London Volunteers, he heroically refuses the rioters’ demand that he unlock the gates of Newg a t e Pr ison (63). Gabriel’s household embodies in a small way the conflicts of the time. His wife’s fanatical Protestantism, Tappertit’s rebellion, Miggs’s machinations, and Dolly’s flirtatiousness and matchmaking entangle all the members of the household in the larger public events of the time.

Dolly is a key figure in the sexual drama. The object of attentions from Joe Willet, Sim Tappertit, and Hugh, her coquetry increases Joe’s frustrations and prompts him to join the army, and her rejection of Sim reinforces his resentment against Gabriel. Dolly also acts as a go-between for Edward and Emma and is sexually attacked and later kidnapped by Hugh. Her presence reveals the sexual energies of the sons that would break the restraints of the fathers and challenge the hegemony of the old order.

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