Ray Dubberke: Dickens, Drood and Redemption

Отправлено 30 окт. 2016 г., 15:18 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 30 окт. 2016 г., 15:18 ]

In his Postscript to Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens remarked that "it would be very unreasonable to expect that many readers, pursuing a story in portions from month to month through nineteen months, will, until they have it before them complete, perceive the relations of its finer threads to the whole pattern which is always before the eyes of the story-weaver at his loom."

This metaphor of a storyteller weaving many threads at his loom is singularly apt when one explores the themes in a Dickens novel, for even when he starts out with the intention of concentrating on a particular theme (for example, selfishness in Martin Chuzzlewit), he tends in the course of his narrative to introduce many other ideas or notions or motifs—call them what you will—thereby enriching it immeasurably beyond the often simplistic concept he took as his point of departure. Yet these many themes are seldom discordant; they reinforce each other and form a "whole pattern" that becomes apparent to the reader when the novel has been read in its entirety.

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