Dickens the artist had a rich imagination. This amazing power of imagination and knowledge of the unsightly aspects of the life of Victorian England helped the writer create a multi-faceted and multicolored art world populated by countless comic, dramatic and tragic characters. Dickens’s novels, oversaturated with everyday life, customs, people of different classes, detailed details written with documentary accuracy, immediately attract the attention of the reader with funny, funny scenes that look like an anecdote, strike with humor in relation to favorite heroes – simple, “not philosophisingly crafty” people. In the artistic world, created by Charles Dickens, embodied the “voluminous” realistic aesthetics of the English classical novel in its moral, psychological and philosophical aspects.
The art world of Dickens is theatrical and represents an alloy of fantasy and realism. It is distinguished by its brightness and hyperbolicity inherent in the theater. For example, the images of the Nimble Dodger, Truhti Wack and even the oldest Scrooge are hyperbolic, but despite all the exaggeration, their characters are highly realistic social types.
The clever Dodger is ridiculous and even caricatured, but also typical. This impudent boy, corrupted by the world in which he lives, avenges, as best he can, to this world for all that he had to endure. At court, the Dodger brazenly declares: “This shop is not suitable for justice.”
The artistic world of Charles Dickens is an age-old struggle of two principles – good and evil. The opposition of the forces of good and evil determines not only the themes of his novels, but also the uniqueness of the artistic solution of this problem in aesthetic and ethical terms. Dickens, a preacher and moralist, in his novels ideologically affirms the author’s ethical ideal. Dickens, the artist-realist can not but “admire” the heroes created by him, as personifying good, and personifying evil, his aesthetic ideal. By the way, the images of heroes personifying evil are artistically more convincing in the writer’s novels: Feijin, Saike, Charlie Bates, the Artful Dodger; Ralph Nickleby, Squire; dwarf Kvelp, etc. These images are endowed with memorable characters, individualized and, at the same time, typical.