Date of Award

Fall 2021

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts




Benjamin Hudson

Committee Member

Bill Boles

Committee Member

Jana Mathews


Most scholars agree that author and social activist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) made keen observations on human behavior and societal problems through his works. However, scholars are divided over whether to categorize Dickens and his work as radically reformist or pro-bourgeoisie. Through an analysis of three of Dickens’s texts, A Christmas Carol (1843), Bleak House (1852), and Great Expectations (1861), this thesis demonstrates that Dickens’s works carry contradictory ideologies. As time passes, Dickens becomes disillusioned with capitalism but continues to promote capitalist and bourgeois values and ideologies. The trajectory of Dickens’s views shows the difficulties in imagining different realities outside of the capitalist system.

Rights Holder

Christina Oliveira