What themes of social reform and injustice are addressed in the novel Great Expectations?

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One of Dickens' main social concerns in this novel is undoubtedly England's penal system during the Victorian Era. By creating in Magwitch a character who is both a criminal and a generous, loving person, Dickens suggests that labels of "guilty" and "innocent" do not tell the whole truth about a...

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One of Dickens' main social concerns in this novel is undoubtedly England's penal system during the Victorian Era. By creating in Magwitch a character who is both a criminal and a generous, loving person, Dickens suggests that labels of "guilty" and "innocent" do not tell the whole truth about a person's life or morality. In Dickens' time, criminal sentences were extremely harsh; a theft could get one banished to Australia or even sentenced to death.

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