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THE DICKENS HERO AS CHILD
Studies in the Novel
Vol. 1, No. 2, CHARLES DICKENS (summer 1969), pp. 189-195
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29531327
Page Count: 7
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The figure of the child-as-hero in Dickens' novels is one aspect of the pattern of multiple projection of hero figures, which is in turn an aspect of the psychodynamic pattern of the myth-hero. The artistically unsatisfactory depictions of children stem from a typically Victorian falsification of children as ideals; the more successful figures—notably Paul Dombey—are related to the dynamic pattern of Dickens' own development as an artist and as personality. Dickens' literary children tend to grow directly from childhood to maturity, without any perceptible intervening adolescence. (LFM)
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