Florence’s Failed Expectations: The Unfulfilled Daughter Coming Into Her Own in Dickens

Charles Dickens’ novel Dombey and Son displays the patriarch Mr. Dombey in his obvious and complete disappointment in his daughter. Florence, as the only surviving heir to Mr. Dombey, has no worth to him, which he outwardly acknowledges, yet Florence still pines for his affections and will do anything to earn them, blaming herself for … Read moreFlorence’s Failed Expectations: The Unfulfilled Daughter Coming Into Her Own in Dickens

The Psychological Black Hole: Female Versions of Arrested Development in Dickens Novels

“Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.” This quote, often attributed to Einstein, is actually said by many physicists and writers – the oldest confirmed being Ray Cummings in a short story. However, Dickens’s novels have redefined the interpretation of this quote by allowing characters to (attempt to) manipulate and condense time … Read moreThe Psychological Black Hole: Female Versions of Arrested Development in Dickens Novels

Tamed Dragons and Sandwich-Boxes: The Significance of the Railway in ‘Dombey and Son’

The railway system brought an air of uneasiness to British society during the nineteenth century, during which change was felt behind every corner. While this feeling of skepticism was felt through all social classes, the middle and lower classes had the most to gain with this industrial advancement. Dicken’s novel, Dombey and Son, set the … Read moreTamed Dragons and Sandwich-Boxes: The Significance of the Railway in ‘Dombey and Son’