Our Mutual Friend | Critical Essay by Michael Greenstein

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Our Mutual Friend.
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Critical Essay by Michael Greenstein

SOURCE: “Mutuality in Our Mutual Friend,” in Dickens Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, September, 1991, pp. 127-34

In the following essay, Greenstein examines the many unifying themes and motifs highlighting mutuality in Our Mutual Friend.

J. Hillis Miller has argued that the milieus of Our Mutual Friend exist side by side without organizing themselves into a larger whole: the novel's “structure is formed by the juxtaposition of incompatible fragments in a pattern of disharmony or mutual contradiction” (Miller, 284). While most critics have accepted Miller's view, others like Masao Miyoshi have contested it in favor of a resolution of identity where “the two marriages are the inevitable outcome of the characters' final reconciliation of their own warring selves” (Miyoshi, 8). The pendulum swings again in John Kucich's analysis of Dickens's fantastic rhetoric: &#x...

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