Dickens1 - Dickens taste in plot seems to have been...

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Unformatted text preview: Dickens' taste in plot seems to have been influenced by the eighteenth-century novelist Henry Fielding ( Joseph Andrews , 1742; Tom Jones , 1749) than by anyone else. In any event, the typical Dickens plot, like the plots of Fielding, is complicated, loosely constructed, and highly dramatic in the incidents that make it up. The main plot is usually interwoven with a number of subplots that involve numerous incidents and cover a period of several, or many, years. Such multiplicity militates against the possibility of feeling the story's unity distinctly — that is, of holding all the incidents in our mind at once and feeling their connectedness. Plot looseness (looseness of construction) can mean various things. Some of the subplots may not be related to the main plot; one or more of the subplots may be more tightly developed or inherently more interesting than the main plot; creaky devices of highly...
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