By Keith Selby
This booklet presents a transparent approach to research 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 simply from the proof of the textual content. however it additionally strikes past a straighforwardly thematic research to contemplate how a singular is prepare and the way it really works. This in flip offers scholars with a manner of making a choice on 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 obvious response is to say that such characters deserve to be trapped in these situations, but you do need to go beyond this and consider how the comic exposition of a certain character fits into the larger scheme of things. The discovery by the interfering and obnoxious Mrs Sparsit of Bounderby's mother is a case in point: 'Sir,' explained that worthy woman, 'I trust it is my good fortune to produce a person you have much desired to find. Stimulated by my wish to relieve your mind, sir, and connecting together such imperfect clues to the part of the country in which that person might be supposed to reside, as have been afforded by the young woman Rachael, fortunately now present to identify, I have had the happiness to succeed, and to bring that person with me- I need not say most unwillingly on her part.
Lord forbidding is pious, but not to the purpose,' returned Mr Jaggers. 'The question is, Would you want anything? ' I thought Mr Jaggers glanced at Joe, as if he considered him a fool for his disinterestedness. But I was too much bewildered between breathless curiosity and surprise, to be sure of it. 'Very well,' said Mr Jaggers. ' retorted Joe. (p. 164) The basic tension we can see in this passage is a simple one: love on the one side, money on the other. Certainly it is easy to detect in Joe's manner his adherence to his feelings for Pip, and in Jaggers's manner his adherence to the facts of the case; Joe is adamant that he will not stand in Pip's way, and refuses to accept any money for releasing him from his apprenticeship (' "The answer is," returned Joe sternly, "No"'); Jaggers is equally adamant that he is merely carrying out the actions of another ('What I have to do as the confidential agent of another, I do.
40). ' But not only is Pip ashamed of Joe; he suddenly enters into a new relationship with him, the relationship of master and servant. On the one hand, Joe, as Miss Havisham insists, is Pip's new 'master'; but, on the other, and as Pip now sees Joe, he is a socially inept fool, and somebody to be ashamed of in front of Miss Havisham and Estella. This tension, then, between Pip and Joe, on the one hand, and Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham, on the other, underpins the more general tension in the novel as a whole between the world of love and the world of money, for it is the pernicious effect of money upon people and relationships which destroys the simple love Pip had previously held for Joe.