Schools & Districts
All of Shmoop
Cite This Page
Kindle: Learning Guide
Nook: Learning Guide
Best of the Web
Table of Contents
AP English Language
AP English Literature
SAT Test Prep
ACT Exam Prep
Search for Colleges
What you want to study:
AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, AND GENDER STUDIES
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED CLINICAL SCIENCES
HEALTH-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
HIGH SCHOOL/SECONDARY DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
INTERPERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES
LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES
PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES
PERSONAL AWARENESS AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (JROTC, ROTC)
SECURITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION/INDUSTRIAL ARTS
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
District Of Columbia
Search for Colleges
Little Dorrit Analysis
Literary Devices in Little Dorrit
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
When Arthur comes back from China, he brings his mom his dead father's watch, which has the inscription D.N.F. engraved on it, which stands for "Do Not Forget." That's all well and good, but this...
Much of the novel is set in Victorian London, but also moves throughout Europe as the newly-wealthy Dorrits travel. For some general background on the time period Dickens was writing Little Dorrit,...
Narrator Point of View
A good way to think about the way this novel is narrated is to imagine that at any point, in any scene, the narrator is the smartest guy in the room. And not just the smartest guy, but a guy who w...
Family DramaSo what's really at the bottom of Little Dorrit? Shmoop's money is on family. Pretty much every character is given a thorough backstory to give us a sense of where he or she has learn...
In a way, the only real topic of this novel is injustice and mistreatment. It's in every power relationship, every financial interaction, every family dynamic, and every meeting between the govern...
Moralizing, Polemical, Pointedly Critical, Dismayed, PessimisticIt's hard not to recognize Dickens's writing when you run across it. He uses a set of totally idiosyncratic tricks, flourishes, and...
What's Up With the Title?
At first glance, this feels like one of Dickens's many "main character's name" style of titles. He's got Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, David Copperfield…and...
What's Up With the Epigraph?
What's Up With the Ending?
What's up with the ending, indeed. Usually Shmoop uses this section to do a little song and dance about what the end of the novel means. But honestly, this time around we're thinking we've got to...
OK, we won't kid you. Dickens's novels are no skip around the park. They're well worth the effort, but the effort certainly has to be made. This one has a couple of things you have to learn to w...
Everybody is in chains, everybody pants for freedom.Nearly every character starts out somehow enslaved. Dorrit is literally in prison and Amy Dorrit is mired in drudgery trying to take care of him...
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis
Boy is there ever initial wretchedness. The Marshalsea prison is the most depressing place on earth, with no sunlight, laughter, or anything else that might lighten the life of unhappy Amy, who sl...
Three-Act Plot Analysis
The Dorrits are deep in debt and deep in the service of their father's pretentions to former gentility.Pancks discovers that the Dorrits are actually fabulously wealthy and they go off to a complet...
Sure, there's lots of illicit and otherwise taboo sex going on in this book, but come on, guys, it's a mainstream novel from the 19th century – it's not like Dickens is suddenly going to go all s...
The Arabian Nights (1.3)Shakespeare, Hamlet (1.3)Minotaur's Maze (1.5)Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1.13)The Whole Duty of Man (1.13)Doctor Buchan, Domestic Medicine (1.16)Lord Chesterfield (1.19)Plutarc...
Need help with College?
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy. |
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy.