Analysis Of ' Dickens ' By Charles Dickens Essay

1092 Words Sep 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Within only this short extract, Dickens is able to present a range of ideas using various linguistic techniques. Seeing as the extract would originally have been published in a magazine, and part of a series, it is incredibly sensationalised and characters (such as Mr Headstone) are tailored specifically to appeal to the widely female audience.

One of the more prominent ideas explored in the extract is that of love and lust. There is some ambiguity when it comes to the true nature of Mr Headstone’s feelings for Lizzie – on one hand, he is clearly besotted with her, yet on the other he tries desperately to supress such emotions and retain his pride. To this end, the reader is never certain where his heart truly lies; does his masculine pride dominate any genuine feelings?

From the very opening of the scene, it is clear that Lizzie has not agreed to the meeting entirely of her own accord, rather her brother and Mr Headstone have conspired, in an almost business-like fashion to the bring the two together. Whilst from a modern perspective this is alarming, Dickens writes the scene true to its time; women truly were commodified and quite literally passed from one man to another. Despite this historical context, there is still a sense of unease, and very clear hints that Lizzie is not entirely comfortable. Upon being offered to take another walk, Lizzie agrees begrudgingly, after all, “how could she do otherwise?” It is apparent from this that there is a lot of pressure on both…

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