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AS and A Level: Charles Dickens
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They attempt to recruit Stephan but he will not join them as he had swore not to get involved in anything like that to Rachel. Slackbridge refers to him as "Judas" and a traitor who has "deserted his post" and "sold his flag". Through words he attacks Stephan, accusing him of not wanting to be associated in the "gallant stand for freedom and for right". Stephan tries to defend himself, saying that the union will likely do them "more harm then good". He also says that he can't because of reasons of his own such as the promise he made.
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words are the worst of the worst you can describe something as. He is describing the derelict ness and the poverty of Jacobs Island in this time by also describing the jobs and even the unemployment of the area, jobs such as ballast heavers, coal whippers and brazen women, all of these jobs are hard labouring jobs. Dickens also creates a wide range of characters that make you as a reader know them, Dickens splits these characters apart by giving them their own sense of speech on a page, different language, in a sort of 'slang', strong language of criminal underclass which is used in great effect later explained.
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'A central issue in Victorian novels is the place of women in society'. Discuss the role and expectations of women in Middlemarch
He expects women to be an adornment, being able to 'play you or sing you a good old English tune' rather than have knowledge of 'classics, mathematics' and 'that kind of thing'. He requires women to have the simple function of a light entertainer, never having need of an opinion because subjects that would require one are 'too taxing'. Eliot is being highly ironic in depicting Brooke in this way, highlighting his want of a woman being able to perform tricks, like a complex dog, as ridiculous, and even more so in its acceptance among his friends.
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Perhaps this links to the image of the egg shell as well, as it is a fragile protector of life. Furthermore Joe could almost be seen as the protector of Pip?s life, as he saves him several times. Also egg shells can be strong, but have weak sides if they are put under stress, just like Joe has a weak side - he can?t protect Joe from Mrs Joe Gargery. As well as this, there is the idea that Joe is in control, in the words ?can? and ?or?, he can choose which side of himself to be, strong or gentle.
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