The Fallen Woman: Social Mores, Moral Danger and Religion in Dickens’s Oliver Twist (1838) and Rossetti’s Goblin Market (1862)

Dugdale, Rebecca

York St. John University

Major: Literature


 This essay examines the role of the sin, punishment and redemption motif, in two nineteenth century literary texts: Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (1838) and Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market (1862). It explores how Dickens and Rossetti use the religious motif in their work to reflect Victorian social mores, by focusing on the ambiguous female characters in each text as representative of the fascinating but feared figure or the fallen woman.