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Dombey and Son Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Dombey and Son

Mr. Dombey, a wealthy London merchant, puts all his hopes in his sickly son Paul to succeed him in running the firm, and ignores his good daughter Florence. The firm is nearly ruined by a trusted employee named Carker who also runs away with Dombey's second wife, the scheming Edith Granger. This was the first novel in which Dickens attempted to portray the upper classes as well as the lower, and it also features strong female characters of all types and moral persuasions, if not a lot of depth. Another primary theme played out by various characters is the way in which adults mold (and ruin) their children.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   19th century Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Inside culture (main char)    -   British Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   British Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Kind of business    -   small family business Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Water?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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