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Coats, Jerry B., Charles Dickens and Idiolects of
Alienation. Master of Arts (English), December, 1993,
97 pp., works cited, 75 titles.
A part of Charles Dickens's genius with character is his
deftness at creating an appropriate idiolect for each
character. Through their discourse, characters reveal not
only themselves, but also Dickens's comment on social
features that shape their communication style.
Three specific idiolects are discussed in this study.
First, Dickens demonstrates the pressures that an occupation
exerts on Alfred Jingle from Pickwick Papers. Second, Mr.
Gradgrind from Hard Times is robbed of his ability to
communicate as Dickens highlights the errors of
Utilitarianism. Finally, four characters from three novels
demonstrate together the principle that social institutions
can silence their defenseless constituents.
Linguistic evaluation of speech habits illuminates
Dickens's message that social structures can injure
individuals. In addition, this study reveals the consistent
and intuitive narrative art of Dickens.
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Coats, Jerry B. (Jerry Brian). Charles Dickens and Idiolects of Alienation, thesis, December 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277905/m1/3/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .