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Essays On The Pickwick Papers

With only SKETCHES BY BOZ to his credit, Dickens asked his publisher to allow him to present a free “range of English scenes and people,” and in PICKWICK PAPERS, his first novel, he does just that. There is little coherence to the Pickwickians’ journey. As they wander through the country, they repeatedly get into trouble because of their innocence. Pickwick in particular is the embodiment of simplicity and innocence--an angel in gaiters--and hence easily victimized. Yet his benevolence triumphs; he redeems both spiritually and financially those who seek to prey upon him.

Dickens reveals a masterfully light touch: The various incidents are comic in themselves, and the work itself is a comedy, presenting the triumph of goodness. Indeed, the work has a fairy-tale atmosphere.

Occasionally a darker tone does intrude. The nine interpolated stories present visions of poverty, madness, and drunkenness unrelieved and unredeemed by any benevolent angel in gaiters. Pickwick and his friends are able to leave debtor’s prison, but most of the inmates are not so fortunate. Legal chicanery, political corruption, and religious hypocrisy also cast their shadows across the landscape.

“Like another sun,” Pickwick keeps these shadows small, though, and the book is filled with cheerfulness. Dickens’ first and happiest novel, it hints at the themes that would preoccupy him for the remainder of his life.

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Sites about The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

by Charles Dickens

Dickens' humorous novel, originally published serially, which contains the letters and manuscripts of the Pickwick Club's activities.

Characters: Samuel Pickwick, Mrs. Bardell, Serjeant Buzfuz, Alfred Jingle
Keywords: caricatures

Critical sites about The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

"As Sam Weller Said, When Finding Himself on the Stage": Wellerisms in Dramatizations of Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers
http://www.deproverbio.com/DPjournal/DP,3,1,97/DICKENS.html
Author: George B. Bryan AND Wolfgang Mieder
From:DE PROVERBIO: An Electronic Journal of International Proverb Studies 3 (1), 1997
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Gender Matters
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/genderov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Literary Relations: Sources, Analogues, Influences
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/litrel.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Historical Context
From:Victorian Web
Keywords: Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Carlye, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Anne Radcliffe
 
Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Narration
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/structure.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Religious Themes, Subjects, and Contexts
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/religionov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Science and Technology
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/scienceov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Social and Political Contexts
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/societyov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers -- Theme and Subject
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/themeov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers --Symbolism, Imagery, Motif
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/imageov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow., Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
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Other (non-critical) sites about The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

Pickwick Papers: Selected Criticism
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pickwick/bibl.html
This site contains a bibliography of criticism on Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers.
Contains: Bibliography
Author: Hillary Trivett
From:Victorian Web
Author: Hillary Trivett
From:Victorian Web
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