What is a good thesis statement for "The Old Curiosity Shop"?

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Two possible thesis ideas relate to Dickens' authorial style and to his structural elements. In the first instance, Dickens' frequently employs the repetition of a speech pattern or mannerism in characterization. A great example of this, though not from The Old Curiosity Shop, is Uriah Heep's mannerisms ( ...

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Two possible thesis ideas relate to Dickens' authorial style and to his structural elements. In the first instance, Dickens' frequently employs the repetition of a speech pattern or mannerism in characterization. A great example of this, though not from The Old Curiosity Shop, is Uriah Heep's mannerisms (David Copperfield). Critics suggest that this sort of repetition, as with the Single Gentleman's sudden actions, make the characters "flat," or not realistically dimensional in presentation. In the second instance, Dickens defies narrative structural convention in the resolution and has Little Nell and Grandfather die virtually moments before their salvation. Thesis ideas from these two elements might be something like one of the following:
(1) Dickens' characterization does/does not [does or does not, writer's choice] flatten the character of the Single Gentleman [or what character you choose].

(2) The resolution to The Old Curiosity Shop is satisfying/unsatisfying [again, satisfying or unsatisfying, writer's choice].

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