Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XLII

As before, descending to the lowest regions of social life. Magwitch is aware that "gentlemen" avoid such matter. Yet Dickens did not avoid it, an express purpose being to educate his audience about what they wished not to know. He is the first English novelist to explore in detail the lives of the urban poor and the slums they inhabited, which he viewed as a disgrace to the nation. 

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