THE NOVELS OF CHARLES DICKENS are subtle and sneaky. They’re packed with secrets and hidden meaning: the most important being, that concealed within every novel Dickens wrote is a single central theme.
A theme so dominant and all-pervasive that it’s applicable to almost every character.
Through the characters, Dickens explores his chosen topic from every angle, making each novel a virtual treatise on the subject.
And unless you know what the theme is, you can’t fully understand or appreciate the book . . .
Ducks - essentially wild water birds - are being factory farmed in stinking sheds. They can’t fly, they can’t swim and some can barely walk.
Ducks - creatures that have evolved to eat, swim, dive, clean and play in the water - never even see it, except in their mechanical waterers. Without water, ducks are deprived of their natural habitat.