How was 19th century healthcare reflected in Dicken's novel, Great Expectations?
Please make comparisons to other stories by Dickens for comparison, like with Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. if possible.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com August 19, 2018, 10:59 pm ad1c9bdddf
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First, please note that the novel chronicles the unjust, horrific health care conditions that plagued Victorian England during Dickens' era. For example, I feel that Dickens definitely uses this novel as social protest to decry what historians suggest was "The rise of industrialization and urbanization magnified the class stratification that existed in large cities. London, in particular, suffered a host of social problems due to unregulated wages, poor working conditions, and overcrowding" (http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/booklinks/resources/victorian.cfm). As a result, you can totally see the implications within the novel's setting to parallel these themes.
Similarly, you might also discuss how the novel also depicts how the characters' struggles also reflect many of the problems, such as lack of equitable health care, in Victorian England. Specifically, research suggests that "These stories also reinforce the principles of equality for all people regardless of class or background; the rights of the poor to decent housing, health care, and education; the need for society to care for children whose parents are unable to do so; and the ...
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