A Visit to Newgate Essay

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Curtin university of technology | Assessment 3: Close Reading Using Key Concepts – A Visit to Newgate | Literary and Cultural Studies 212 – Narrative | Literary and Cultural Studies 212 – Narrative Assessment 3 – Essay One: Close Reading Using Key Concepts A Visit to Newgate Charles Dickens’s realist narrative, ‘A Visit to Newgate’, interpellates the reader into the ideal subject position in order to make them believe the texts ‘truth claims’ by creating a version of reality which is culturally specific and ideologically determined. The codes and conventions that have controlled the production of texts have varied throughout history because the modes of representations are influenced by ideology, and readers and authors alike, are both a product of their time (Lacey, 78). Charles Dickens relied upon already existing ideologies such as empiricism, individualism, and class ideologies in order for readers to make meaning from ‘A Visit to Newgate’ and view it as a representation of reality. The notion of Dickens as a realist in modernity is associated with the “reproduction of the physical world by accumulation of facts and details and continual reference to sense experience” and therefore his works and the notion of truth was “viewed in the sense of fidelity to the actual conditions of life in contemporary England” (Fibbert). The narrator of ‘A Visit to Newgate’ suggests that people are ignorant, wandering around not taking notice of what is around them. He proposes that he is acting as a secretary to his society, addressing the people directly and reporting what he has observed. He even states, “It may seem incredible. But it’s true” (Dickens, 121). Through the use of pre-existing ideologies about empiricism, individualism, and class, Charles Dickens strategically builds the readers confidence in order for them to accept the text’s ‘truth claims’ and

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