Unveiling The Christian Side Of Charles Dickens
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 5353-5357
AbstractOver the period Dickens has been conventionally analysed as a social reformer and a social critic. It seems that the critics have given less attention to the religious aspects in Dickens’ works. Charles Dickens is a greatest novelist and a social critic of the Victorian Era who is best known for his characterisation, narrative style and plot. Born in Portsmouth he lived poverty stricken childhood leaving his education and working in the factory after his father’s imprisonment for debts. Although he had no formal education he succeeded in producing many journals, novels, short stories and gained popularity among the readers. He belongs to the Victorian Era which is known for its rigid religious principles and every writer of that era has displayed their religious influences on their writings. Many of the writers used Biblical allusions and themes in their works to communicate the significance of religion to the Victorians. Writers like Christina Rossetti, William Golding, Ernest Hemmingway etc, used religious motifs in their works to share their beliefs and also to install faith among the readers. Charles Dickens also has used many religious allusions in his writings yet he was not popularly known for it. Although he lived in the age of religious novels he was not considered a religious novelist. Thus this article analyse the reason for the negation of Dickens’ religious side and unveil the professing Christian in Dickens with the Biblical analysis of his well known works.
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