Our Mutual Friend Themes

Our Mutual Friend Themes

Judaism and Discrimination

This theme is opened only in one character and his life, but it still takes an important place in the subtext of the story. Riah is an old person of Jewish descent, Lizzie’s friend. In this image the author wanted to show that the Jews are unjustly excluded among other nations. In the story, he writes that in Christian countries the Jews are treated not the same as the other peoples. People say: this Greek is bad, but there are good ones. Contained in Dickens' narrative is a critique of illogicality and intolerance.

Power of money

The author often turns to this theme during the story: when telling about the noble family, the Veneerings, and the guests of their house; about Mr Harmon; about Lizzie’s father etc. And in all these characters the author shows how much money can influence people’s life, and this effect is usually negative, the author condemns it.


This theme is opened in different forms: love between family members (Lizzie and her father, brother) and between man and woman (Lizzie and Eugene, John and Bella). In the story, the author shows how great is the power of love: Lizzie, beautiful and intelligent girl, is eager to stay with her dad for all her life in order him not to leave him alone; Eugene cardinally changes when he sees how much Lizzie loves him, the same is with Bella – she becomes completely another person, kind and sincere, when falls in love with John.

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