Dombey and Son Overview
Charles Dickens’s Victorian realist novel, Dombey and Son, chronicles the effects of one man’s life of toxic pride, arrogance, and greed, his eventual fall from grace, and redemption. When his young son, Paul, dies at six years old, Mr. Dombey loses the only person he has ever loved. He is unable to love his beautiful, kind, intelligent daughter Florence who longs for his affection because she is a girl and thus worthless in business. And he is unable to love either of his two wives, the gentle, kind Fanny, or the beautiful, arrogant, and iron-willed Edith. Through a series of self-inflicted misfortunes caused by his own stubborn pride and indifference to others, Dombey eventually faces both emotional and financial ruin. However, through the kindness and forgiveness of his daughter, Dombey repents and learns love, kindness, and generosity. This books explores the themes of women’s roles, materialism and greed, parenting and childhood, and modernity, imperialism, and industrialization.
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Charles Dickens Biographies (8)
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The English author Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870) was, and probably still is, the most widely read Victorian novelist. He is now appreciated more for his "dark" novels than for his humorous w...
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Charles Dickens had one thing in common with his creation Thomas Gradgrind, the heartless utilitarian in Hard Times: a love of facts. Along with fourteen novels, many of them rich in topical allusion,...
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Essays & Analysis (1)
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Amidst the controversy related to `the woman question' in the Victorian age, many writers still agreed that women and men were essentially different and ought to complement each other, not compete for...