The institution of marriage is a favorite subject in the works of Charles Dickens. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the many kinds of unions that appear in Dickens' fiction, such as those based on the patriarchal paradigm, those in which the wife is dominant, and mercenary alliances. Focusing on the abuse of power as a significant factor in these unions, it shows how the success or failure of a marriage is intrinsically linked to the absence or presence of power in the relationship.
About the Author
The Author: Rita Lubitz, a retired English teacher, has an honors degree from the City College of New York and a Masters of Arts in Humanities from Manhattanville College. She divides her time between working at the Academic Support Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, and doing research and writing.