Martin Chuzzlewit | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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Narrator, Chapter 1 ome men certainly are remarkable for taking uncommon good care of themselves. Sources: BBC, The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens, Encyclopaedia Britannica Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Sarcasm Mockery and scorn directed at society and ideas Verbal Irony Meaning the opposite of what is written Hyperbole Exaggeration and overstatement tomake a point Tools of Satire Stubborn young man determined to seek his fortune; studies architecture under Pecksniff Young Martin Chuzzlewit Corrupt cousin to Young Martin; suspected of murdering his own father for his inheritance Jonas Chuzzlewit Respected architect who never designs or builds; takes credit for his students’ work Seth Pecksniff Stubborn old man who raiseshis grandson, Young Martin; believes money is the root of evil Martin Chuzzlewit Sr. Main Characters Dickens was a British novelist best known for his social commentary and satire. Originally a journalist, he penned over 30 novels. Martin Chuzzlewit initially received a lukewarm reception, but Dickens went from rags to riches using his quill to write other favorites like David Copperfield (1849–50) and Great Expectations (1860–61). CHARLES DICKENS1812–70 Author Whether for hire or for an inheritance, murder has serious consequences. Murder Defrauding others through hypocrisy can harm the victims’ prospects and their family. Fraud Two villains—Jonas and Pecksniff—are the self-absorbed lenses for examining greed. Greed Martin Chuzzlewit forges his own way in Victorian England and a swampy American town called Eden in this satirical examination of greed. He studies architecture under the deceitful swindler Seth Pecksniff while his heartless cousin Jonas desperately seeks money. When GreedMeetsSelfishness THEMES English Original Language 1843–44 Years Published Charles Dickens Author MartinChuzzlewit Satire Novel

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