This chapter focuses on Dickens’s portrayal of English society, which means that we will consider a wide variety of issues. These will include fashion, the law, industry, class, politics and economics. We will consider how these issues are played out by a wide variety of people, each with their own personal morality and placed into controversial circumstances. We will also look for the characters’ own attempts to understand their predicament in society and the world, with Dickens’s use of simple statements such as Jo the crossing sweeper’s ‘He was wery good to me’ and ‘I don’t know nothink’. Our aim, having examined the society Dickens depicts, is to define the moral response the author gives to the social and political evils he describes.
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