Dickens's critique alters over time, too, in the choices and outcomes it offers for those who would oppose the way of life inherent in a world of financial capitalism. While in earlier works the creation of a protected, non-capitalist enclave supported by individual benevolence is presented as a potential, if flawed, "solution," the scope of such solutions continues to narrow as Dickens's career progresses. In Our Mutual Friend, the only credible "solution" is not social but individual---the attempt to isolate and preserve the true value of the individual in spite of the pervasive contamination of capitalism.
Author: Paul A. Jarvie
Category: Capitalism and literature
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