What this present day idiot doesn't know is that Dickens was "WOKE", writ large, before such a stupid word/idea came into being! He was a product of his own time, yet soooooooooo far left that he was "down with the struggle", a pompous ass who courted publicity for his own "wokeness" and a lousy husband ( being an adulterer was only part of it...he also had a thing for his sister-in-law...though it was unfullfilled as far as I know ) and a worst father!
The who anti-Semitic thing, vis-a-vis Fagan is a canard, since Fagan and his boys were actually fashioned after a well know criminal and his band of child thieves and prostitutes that he ran in London, at that time.
Dickens advocated that charity be personal not government compelled.
Personally I think Dickens was massively overrated and could really have used a good editor in his collected works when they were published in book form (after serialization). Yes, I know he got paid by the word when they were released as serials, but the book form wasn’t so.
I’ve been reading a collection of his stories. I probably won’t finish them all before I die, but I’m still enjoying them. I watched a British produced program on the man. I hadn’t realized that he was an adulterer, who dumped his wife and kids, for a younger woman. When I heard the tale of how he treated his wife and children, I saw the man in a whole new light. I’m currently reading Martin Chuzzlewit. The introduction pointed out that Dickens was not a fan of the U.S., and it shows in this story. I’ve only gotten to the part where Martin has arrived in the U.S., so he hasn’t really had much interaction with Americans as yet.