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'In our mutual friend' Charles Dickens explores attitudes to money in victorian society examine the characters of Lizzie Hexam, Bella Wilfer and mrs Boffin and show what you have learnt about money and social class in the 1960's.

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'In our mutual friend' Charles Dickens explores attitudes to money in victorian society examine the characters of Lizzie Hexam, Bella Wilfer and mrs Boffin and show what youhave learnt about money and social class in the 1960's. The title of the Charles Dickens novel is 'Our mutual friend'.The author Charles Dickens was born in the early 1850's and he wrote 'our mutual friend' in 1864 and his family were very poor. In 'our mutual friend' there is a vast range of characters including very poor people such as Gaffer and really rich people with newly acquired money such as the Veneerings. There are also lots of different aged characters ranging from small children to old men and women. There is also some that are in the middle such as mrs Boffin and Bella Wilfer. These people are not rich or poor they are lower middle class In Victorian society there were very big differences in classes because the rich were very rich and they had big houses and servants. Also the poor were very poor because they would be begging and living anywhere and didn't have any money even for food. The poor certainly didn't have any money for luxury's. Money is very important to the novel because it seperates all of the different classes and characters from each other. ...read more.


Bradley Headstone is Lizzie's brother Charlie tutor and he falls in love with Lizzie but Lizzie doesn't really like him and even though if she married him it would raise her social status, she isn't interested. This shows me that Lizzie is very inderpendent, she is very genuine and she is extremly loyal. Lizzie and Gaffer are a very close father and daughter. 'Lizzie took her right hand from the skull it held, and touched her lips with it, and for a moment held it out lovingly towards him'.This tells me they really love each other, but they can't really tell each other, they try to show it in other ways. Bella Wilfer is the woman that was going to marry John Harman but she was prevented from doing so when he allegedly drowns. She doesn't inherit J ohn Harman's fortune because she wasn't quite married to him. Bella really needs money and she is in love with the idea of having money. She comes from a poorish family and a very modest back ground. She is in the lower middle class. Bella is adopted by the Boffins because they inherited the Harman fortune. The Boffins adopt her because they feel they should share the lifestyle they have, with the person that should really have the fortune. ...read more.


Until a man stands up and sticks up for them, this man was called Twemlow. In conclusion I think Dickens is saying that money is really important to some people but not so important to others. I think that he is also saying that money can control people and that some people can't do without it. The Veneerings lived in the brand-new houses in London. Everything they own was brand new. They were very false people because they only like people if they have lots of money and if they are higher class. ' Veneerings was spick and span new'. The Veneerings had servants as well and they were also new. 'all their servants were new'. The Veneerings are very selfish and they only care that they are high class. This is also what would have happened in the victorian times, people only cared what class they are in. This is why I think Charles Dickens doesn't like these characters. Also the Veneerings have no real friends. I think that Dickens approves of the charaters such as Lizzie Hexam because she is kind and generousbut he doesn't like people like the Veneerings because they are false and because al they want to do is be high class and fit in with the rich people. I feel that Dickens puts his views across with the character 'Twemlow'. ...read more.

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