Dickens is very much a satirist and a comic entertainer

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Dickens is very much a satirist and a comic entertainer, and very little of a depth-hunting  "psychologist" with literary talent. Twentieth-century "psychological" novelists (for example, Virginia  Woolf, James Joyce, May Sinclair) go minutely into the details of their characters' inner lives.  Inwardness,  in its wide range of sensations, formed and half-formed thoughts and feelings, transient  images, and quickly changing shades of mood, is offered in all its concreteness or particularity. This  is a sort of "realism" — psychological realism — and its writers give us the sense that they are trying  not only to be "real," to "tell it like it is" without tidying or censoring, but also  complete,  as if they were  scientists or clinicians attempting to construct a complete as well as a thoroughly accurate report. 
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