Originally Posted by CharlieBird
Dickens' characters are vehicles for his social commentary, they are characterizations!
Thanks for sharing that insight. It helps to clarify Dickens' themes.
IMO, two characters that fit CharlieBird's analysis would be Jo and Mr Tulkinghorn, They caracterize two very different ends of the social and ethical spectrums. One is poor, good, and vulnerable; the other is rich, evil, and a power manipulator.
I'm sure there are plenty of other examples.