Rather than merely
confirming and interpreting what already know, Dickens' works help us to
the supposition that there may be something else at work of which we may
habe been unaware. Thus we are led, for example, to consider questions
of money and social position, gender and power, castle and class to account
for our own experience.
Reading his works is therefore an exercise not in resolving problems but in generating ways of thinking about certain aspects of life and literature. As it catches and estimulates our curiosity. His novels thus teases us into thought about our common human condition.