Deconstructive and New Historical Criticism of Bleak House

Bleak House, a novel by the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, has a number of elements: comedy, tragedy, melodrama, romance, and biting social satire. The work also includes at least ten major characters, and scores of minor ones. The novel’s complexity and length lends itself quite easily to a number of critical interpretations, including feminist, Marxist, … Read moreDeconstructive and New Historical Criticism of Bleak House

Tensions Between Different Kinds Of Justice In Dickens’ Work

“I have the honour to attend Court regularly. With my documents. I expect a judgment. Shortly. On the Day of Judgment.” Bleak House.In a novel so acutely dedicated to exposing the real and actual misery of its characters, very little of it arises from the literal application of the frequent bouts of disease alone. Certainly … Read moreTensions Between Different Kinds Of Justice In Dickens’ Work

Recurring Purposes Within Dickens’ Novels

Charles Dickens was a famous critic of his time. He took on Victorian ideals and issues that he viewed as social injustices and criticized them, both in public speeches and in his writing. In his novels, these were primarily subjects like poverty and what he viewed as problems with the English government: Oliver Twist points … Read moreRecurring Purposes Within Dickens’ Novels

Jarndyce, Snagsby, and the Varieties of Fatherhood in ‘Bleak House’

With several different families displayed throughout Bleak House, Charles Dickens makes a point to emphasize motherhood, or lack thereof. Charley, a child herself, takes care of her two younger siblings, Liz and Jenny help raise each other’s children and Lady Dedlock is the least motherly figure in her daughter’s life. Many of these characters depict … Read moreJarndyce, Snagsby, and the Varieties of Fatherhood in ‘Bleak House’

Secrecy in Bleak House and The Devil in the White City

The basis of the entirety of the plot in Bleak House by Charles Dickens is essentially an investigation. As the novel unfolds, little bits of the story come together in what is essentially a murder mystery at the end. Similarly, in The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson spends half of the book discussing … Read moreSecrecy in Bleak House and The Devil in the White City