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date: 12 April 2024


The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Leon LitvackLeon Litvack

Evidence of Dickens's interest in the important subject of education appears in his fiction, journalism, and public speeches. While he was sensitive to the various educational developments which occurred in his lifetime, he stopped short of offering practical solutions to problems, and his work reflects only a selected range of issues and institutions. He saw education as the way to avoid social catastrophe; the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the allegorical children Ignorance and Want, exclaiming, ‘most of all beware this boy [Ignorance], for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased’ (... ...

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