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Charles Dickens: Creating Emotions for the Reader - Charles Dickens, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens, was born in Landport on 7th February 1812. John Dickens worked as a clerk at the Navy pay office in Portsmouth. He later found work in Chatham and Charles; the second of seven children, went to the local school. Dickens father, John Dickens, found it extremely difficult to provide for his family on his meagre income. This resulted in the family being forced to sell most of their possessions but that still was not enough to satisfy his creditors and he ended up being arrested and put in Marshalsea Prison....   [tags: Charles dickens] 1719 words
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Analysis of Themes and Symbols in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - The story of A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, is one that mostly everyone is familiar with. It airs during the holidays in an enormous amount of variations. The basis of each variation is the same. Ebenezer Scrooge, our main character, is a cold hearted man. It is Christmas Eve, and as Scrooge is closing his office his nephew comes in to wish him a Merry Christmas. Scrooge, being as “cold” as he is, just thinks that Christmas is a time where people spend money. Scrooge lives alone....   [tags: Charles Dickens]
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A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens is much loved for his contribution to classic English literature. His epic stories, brilliant characters, and illustration of contemporary life are unforgettable and made him one of the most prominent authors in history. Charles was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. Dickens was driven to achieve success from the days of his boyhood. With little formal education, he taught himself, worked furiously at everything he undertook and rocketed to fame as a writer in his mid-twenties....   [tags: Charles Dickens's Writing]
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The Structure of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" - Charles Dickens’s, a British social reformer which has presented to an audience a brilliant novel: A Christmas Carol. The play is set in the mid 1900’s where the industrial revolution was introduced which resulted in inventions such as machines; people consequently were fleeing the countryside for work in city for good paying jobs, for good achieving business people this gave their business a massive amount of money but a small minority of people were underprivileged because money was distributed unfairly....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol, ] 2225 words
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Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to show the injustices of life for many different people and to explain that in order to be happy, people need one another. Through the epiphanies of many characters in this novel, Dickens shows their realization of this fact and how they plan to pursue their goals from there on. These characters are used as mouthpieces to spread the theme to the reader. Louisa Gradgrind, Stephen Blackpool, and Tom Gradgrind are such characters....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Hard Times] 2047 words
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Unexpected Expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel "Great Expectations" - The expectations others have for those around them play a large part in how they live their lives. One boy’s life is turned around completely by others’ expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This boy, named Pip, far exceeds his own expectations for his life when given the opportunity to rise from a lowly blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman and raise his place in society. Through this, the theme of expectation is shown as Pip’s future begins to change for the better; and the significance of the roles that Joe, Estella, and Magwitch have in impacting Pip’s circumstances....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ] 669 words
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The Fiction and Journalism of Charles Dickens - The Fiction and Journalism of Charles Dickens Readers of Charles Dickens' journalism will recognize many of the author's themes as common to his novels. Certainly, Dickens addresses his fascination with the criminal underground, his sympathy for the poor, especially children, and his interest in the penal system in both his novels and his essays.  The two genres allow the author to address these matters with different approaches, though with similar ends in mind. Two key differences exist, however, between the author's novels and his journalism....   [tags: Charles Dickens]
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Sydney Carton in Charles Dickens’ "A Tale of Two Cities" - Sydney Carton is the most memorable character in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a story of redemption, resurrection, self-sacrifice change and love, all of these words have to do with the extreme transformation of. Sydney Carton had such great love for Lucie Mannette that evolves from a depressed loaner that can only attempt to substitute happiness with alcoholic indulgence to a loyal caring friend who makes the ultimate sacrifice for the ones he loves. In the beginning, Sydney Carton’s the character that everyone looks down upon....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, ]
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The Signalman by Charles Dickens - The Signalman by Charles Dickens 'Halloa. Below there!' …… A small expression that once understood strikes you with an essence of alarm, fear and intrigue. Throughout the short story of The Signalman, this quote was used several times and was repeated by several characters. Coincidence. Charles Dickens invites you to decide. This dissertation from www.coursework.info For the duration of this half term we have studied numerous short stories from the book Telling Tales. Throughout this period, we have developed our skills of assessing characters (characterisation), identifying language style and structure plus various others, and I will try to use my newly developed skills to answer our ass...   [tags: Charles Dickens Signalman Essays] 3737 words
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is a heartwarming story that takes place in the 1800's in England and is about a young boy named David Copperfield. Who goes through many struggles growing up.. This story teaches the importance of love and how it is greatly needed. David was born on a Friday at twelve o'clock midnight. His father's aunt Miss Betsy was present at his birth and when she found out he was a boy she left and never came back. David lives with his widowed mother and nurse Peggotty, who both love him dearly....   [tags: David Copperfield Charles Dickens] 1028 words
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Serialization in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - In Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, serialization is an important and effective tool that divides the literary work into episodes, creating a suspenseful plot. In addition, serialization also creates a "soap opera" effect on the novel's readers, leaving them with a cliff-hanger scenario at the end of each episode. A major effect of serialization is the change it renders in character development. Sydney Carton would be a prime example. In the novel's beginning, he is portrayed as a drunk, a loser with no purpose to his life....   [tags: Charles Dickens] 310 words
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Charles Dickens' The Signalman - Charles Dickens' The Signalman Introduction I have studied pre-1900 short stories by different authors, which all follow a similar format and historical content of their time. In my essay I will discuss and describe what necessary ingredients are needed to make these murder mystery short stories effective and successful. Short stories became an extremely favoured form of fiction and entertainment during the nineteenth century... In the days before electrical advantages for entertainment, (e.g:-radio, television, films and videos) adventure was generally only discovered/only existed within the imagination of mystery and supernatural stories, and were especially popular in the Victorian ag...   [tags: charles Dickens signalman Essays] 5812 words
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The Role Of Memory In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and published in 1843. The novel was the first of five in a series of Christmas books that Dickens was commissioned to write. It is thought that several of the darkest episodes in his novels are based on his own personal experiences, for instance when his father spent some months in a debtor’s prison in London. Memory serves as an important tool for the ghosts to reach out to Mr. Scrooge’s sympathetic feelings, thus contributing to the change of personality that Mr....   [tags: Charles Dickens] 1061 words
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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens In this essay I intend to write about Ebenezer Scrooge who is the key character of the astonishing novel written by Charles Dickens one of greatest English novelist of he Victorian period. He wrote and published ‘a Christmas carol’ in 1843. Charles Dickens’s also well know stories such as ‘Oliver twist’. Dickens was born on the 2nd February 1812 in London port Hampshire. He moved from his birth place to Chatham where he received little education, he was however withdrawn from school at the age of 15 and work manually in a factory, then worked as a clerk in a solicitors office....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1883 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, in 1812 and died in 1870. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and family life was occasionally hard, especially when his father had to go to the debtor's prison. The young twelve year old Charles became the main money-maker in the family at this time and worked in a blocking factory. Charles' father was released a year later and Charles was able to go to school. After school he became a clerk for solicitors, later becoming a journalist, a reporter at Doctors' Commons and at 22 joined a London newspaper....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3546 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens In the book ‘ A Christmas Carol’, Dickens describes the poor, how they were treated unfairly and how they were thought as animals rather than human beings. Dickens portrays the rich as ignorant and selfish people that think they are bigger than the world itself. Charles Dickens new a lot about poverty, as his parents were not earning enough money to pay of debts, which meant that Dickens himself had to leave school at the age of 12 to work in a factory. He had a terrible experience; he had felt what it was like to be poor, to have no hope for the future and worked long hours in a dirty factory....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2157 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote his novels during the Victorian times. Britain was a harsh place at this time with the upper and lower classes being clearly separated. Dickens himself grew up as part of the lower classes, and so he knew what it was like. It was very hard for the poor to survive, many of them having no alternative but to go into the workhouses. This seemed to be the worst place to end up, as many people would rather have died than gone into the workhouses....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1568 words
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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens - Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Charles Dickens makes this extract memorable and significant as it is the first time Pip, a working class boy from the forge, meets Miss Havisham and Estella who are going to have an important and significant affect on his life. Pip is invited to Miss Havisham's residence Statis house. This is important as he doesn't know why he was invited and before he goes he is told there may be something in this for him. The reader knows this might be true due to the title of the play "Great Expectations" Dickens makes Pip's first encounter with Miss Havisham and Estella at Statis House a significant and memorable point in the novel in a number of ways....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 1906 words
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The Signal-Man By Charles Dickens - The Signal-Man By Charles Dickens Dickens gives a description of the railway cutting with intricate detail and encompasses it with a cloud of gloomy and a depressive mood. He associates places and objects with certain impressions which produce this large image of negative and horrifying vibes and feelings. When the narrating character has the first acquaintance of the railway cutting and signalman's box, Dickens bombards you with adjectives and depictions of a morbid and 'depressing' atmosphere....   [tags: Charles Dickens Signal man Essays] 382 words
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol The editor of one edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ wrote “A story so admirably told, the details of place, of time, of person so dexterously made real for us” How does Dickens achieve this. How does he ‘A Christmas Carol’ a story which “No one could help but enjoy” In this essay I am going to be writing about the different techniques in which Dickens uses, and by using these bring people, place and time to life. Dickens cleaver use of techniques throughout this book really makes us feel as if we are actually there are selves....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Essays] 1421 words
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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens Chapter 13 effectively encourages the reader to resent Squeers and see him as the villain, whereas Nicholas is portrayed as the hero and Smike and the other bays are lavished with sympathetic feelings. The chapter starts with a depressing description of the boys sleeping conditions, Dickens uses words like: feeble, ragged, and dull, to describe it, this powerful description makes the reader feel-strengthening hatred toward Squeers. Squeers is the headmaster at the boarding school "Dotheboys Hall"where Nicholas was sent to work by his uncle after his father's death....   [tags: Nicholas Nickleby Charles dickens Essays] 1486 words
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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Scrooge is represented from the beginning as a miserable old man being described as a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" I think this a perfect description of him in one sentence. People know Scrooge well and avoid him, this suites Scrooge because he does not like other people and not a big fan of being sociable. The name 'Scrooge' was created by Dickens and is now well known in the dictionary as someone that is mean, this is basically what Scrooge is in the novel, a symbol of meanness....   [tags: Charles Dickens Papers] 1100 words
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations “Great Expectations” is a Bildungsroman. A Bildungsroman is usually the story of a single individual’s growth and development within the context of a defined social order. “Great Expectations” is recognized as a Bildungsroman since it has elements of autobiography. This is established in the text as it is old Pip looking back at his life and self development this is given away when the word ‘I’ is used. A Bildungsroman should contain education Charles Dickens has shown this through out the text....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations essays] 1554 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Charles Dickens's Hard Times is one of the most important novels in the Victorian Age. He presents an industrial society in nineteenth century in England. In this age, England prospers in manufacture and trade because of high technologies. It is also a time of trouble. Industrial development causes terrible conditions of a working class. The workers are poor and work hard. Women and children work for many hours. Dickens also presents bad social condition through his work and also shows lives of city people and industrial society in Coketown in England....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 3121 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times The book "Hard Times" was written in 1854. It was written in weekly instalments in a magazine called Household Words. This is like a normal soap but was weekly. The magazine was owned by Charles Dickens as he was a journalist. The book was written at the time of the Industrial Revolution. This was when factories were being built near major towns and cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The Industrial Revolution was a time when there were big improvements in transport as there was vast expansion in the production of iron....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 2080 words
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Introduction: ‘Great Expectations’ was one of Dickens’ best-known novels and was written in 1860. ‘Great Expectations’ is a Bildungsroman and follows the progression of Pip from child to adult; from humble blacksmith to gentleman; from innocence to experience; from rags to riches and on his journey, Pip meets a range of interesting characters, from the comical Wemmick, to the cruel Estella. This novel reflects parts of Victorian times, with class divide, child labour and improving one’s fortunes....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 2231 words
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Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist The novel Oliver Twist is a criticism of the cruelty that children and poor people suffered at the hands of 19th century society. It was Dickens first novel written under his own name when he was 24 years old and in it he already reveals his sharp, but comic comments and criticism. From the start Dickens makes it clear to the reader that poor people and the children of poor people; most especially a baby born illegitimately; were of no consequence in the 1900s. The first person narrator feels he need not “trouble” himself “as it can be of no possible consequence” to tell us the place or date of Oliver’s birth....   [tags: Charles Dickens Oliver Twist Essays] 1150 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times critiques the use of extreme utilitarianism as an acceptable means to governing a society in which citizens are able to lead happy, productive, flourishing lives. “Just the facts,”19th century English utilitarianism argued, are all one needs to flourish. Those answers that we can arrive at by way of mathematical, logical reasoning are all needed to live a full human life. Hard Times shows however that a “just the facts” philosophy creates a community inhospitable to the needs of one another, a society nearly void of human compassion, and one lacking in morality....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations “Great Expectations” is set in early Victorian England and was written by Charles Dickens in 1860. It is written as a first-person narrative with Pip as an older man telling his life’s story. I will be looking at how his extremely strict upbringing affected how he behaved in later life. The title “Great Expectations” shows an indication of the change in Pips fortunes throughout the story; from a poor family living in the country with a trade of being a blacksmith, to living a luxurious life as a Gentleman in London....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 2014 words
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations One of Dickens’ most popular novels ‘Great Expectations’ is a griping search for identity- the narrator’s self-identity Pip has been born into a difficult world in the early years of the 19th Century. Philip Pirrip is the narrator of ‘Great Expectations’. In the book he is known as Pip. He called himself Pip because as a young child his infant tongue could only get across to Pip. I the first few chapters of the book he is described as a timid, sensitive and guilt-ridden person....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 1250 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times There are a huge variety of characters in Hard Times, ranging from the good to the unnaturally cruel. The novel is full of extremity in its characterisation; cruel, bitter and selfish characters such as Mrs. Sparsit contrast dramatically with characters such as Stephen Blackpool and Rachael, who are benevolent and altruistic. Among the cruellest and most villainous characters in the novel is James Harthouse, who is completely ammoral, and therefore rendered very dangerous by Dickens....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 1104 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Many characters in the novel are victims of hard times as a result of many factors. These include the lack of money, the education system, the industrialisation in the area and the social injustices of the Victorian era. The novel is divided into three books: sowing, reaping and garnering. The names of these books have biblical references. ‘Ae ye sow, so shall ye reap’ New Testament This means that there are consequences to all your actions, this idea features strongly in the novel....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 4007 words
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Chapter one of the novel Great Expectations opens in a bleak and overgrown churchyard on the eerie marsh country. Here we are introduced to Pip, as a young and naïve boy, and we discover he is also an orphan, who lives with sister and her husband the blacksmith, in a small village a mile or more from the church. Whilst Pip is in the churchyard, he meets an escaped convict, Magwitch, whom Pip gives food to, and this encounter remains poignant in both their lives, as Pip goes on to receive the opportunity to become a gentleman, from a mysterious benefactor, and he abandons his friends and family for his “Great Expectations” and his London lifestyle....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 2119 words
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Analysis of Why Fact and Fancy Are Both Necessary in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Analysis of Why Fact and Fancy Are Both Necessary in Charles Dickens' Hard Times Fact and Fancy in Hard Times Coketown is a monotonous town of machinery and tall chimneys. There is a sense of sameness in the town: “It contained several large streets all very like one another, and many small streets still more like one another, inhabited by people equally like one another.” A town so sacred to fact should progress smoothly, yet residents of Coketown “never knew what they wanted” and were “eternally dissatisfied” (33)....   [tags: Summary, Analysis, Charles Dickens, Hard Times] 1366 words
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Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas carol reflecting on the society that he live in the Victoria Era. During the reign of Queen Victoria Britain became one of the most Industrialised countries in European. From Britain Factories, mills, shipyards came products ranging from steam locomotives, to textiles and ship, while coal miners toiled deep below the ground to produce the coal needed to power Britain expanding Industries. During Victorian times there was a serious gap between the rich and poor....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2103 words
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, one of the greatest novelists in the English language, was born in 1812 into a middle-class family of precarious economic status. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office at the time of Dickens's birth; by the time Charles was ten, however, his father was in debtor's prison, a victim of bad luck, mismanagement, and irresponsibility. In order to help support the family during this time of crisis, young Dickens went to work in the packing department of a factory that manufactured blacking--a compound of charcoal, soot, sugar, oil, and fat used to polish boots....   [tags: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Essays] 3865 words
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Analysis of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Analysis of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens, the revolutionary 19th century novelist, wrote a bildungsroman of Phillip Pirrip (Pip) and the reality of his own “Great Expectations” in his pursuit to become a gentleman. In Chapter 8, the reader is introduced to Miss Havisham and Estella and this is where Pip first becomes dissatisfied with the life at the forge. There were many writers in Dickens’ day whose works are no longer read; this is possibly because Dickens did something idiosyncratically different from his contemporaries....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 5959 words
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Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a novel written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) during the Victorian age, an era that took its name from Queen Victoria, England titular ruler from 1819-1901. Under Queen Victoria’s rule, London reigned the worlds dominate city country and the country’s incomparable center of commerce, culture and government. At this time London’s industrial age contributed to a large share of the manpower and capital that brought the country to a position of world economic dominance....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3675 words
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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’, is more than just a mere story instead it tries to expose the negative side of Victorian society and the reason behind this horror, the greed of the wealthy, through the development of the character Scrooge. All this while attempting to prompt readers with Scrooge’s similar wealth to make a change. As mentioned earlier, the development of Scrooge’s character is vital to this and I will explain how his character develops as the story proceeds and how it is used to accomplish the aim as mentioned above....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3109 words
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Murdstones in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Murdstones in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations I think the Murdstones are the two main villains in the story. Mr.Murdstone, step dad of David, he is evil, cruel and treats David harshly. He hates David and wants him out of the way. Mrs Murdstone, sister of Mr.Murstone also vicious and self-centred. Both of them together ruin the early childhood of David and have control of the Copperfield family. The sheer evilness of the Murdstones resulted in the death of David's mother-Clara, although at one point he did love Clara, but her pretty house and her income probably added to her attractions in his eye....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 1115 words
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Heartless Capitalism Exposed in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens -      Beginning in England in the late eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution changed the face of the country's economy. Despite becoming a center of wealth and production for the world, the majority of the capital rested firmly in the hands of wealthy capitalists who had little regard for the suffering endured by millions of working-class individuals. In "A Christmas Carol"(1843) by Charles Dickens, this theme of industrial suffering is illustrated through the historical and symbolic characterization of Bob Cratchit and his family, juxtaposed against Scrooge's heartless capitalist ideals....   [tags: Charles Dickens Essays]
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The Two Endings of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - The Two Endings of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations No novel is complete without a good ending. Although the introductory and middle portions are important as well, the conclusion is what the reader tends to remember most. When Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, he crafted a work that is truly excellent the whole way through. From the moment Pip is introduced until he and Estella walk out of the garden in the final chapter, this book exhibits an uncanny ability to keep the reader wanting more....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations] 1384 words
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Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens was born February 7, 1812, in Ports Mouth, Hampshire. In his infancy his family moved to Chatham, where he spent his happiest years and often refers to this time in his novels (1817-1822). From 1822 to 1860 he lived in London, after which he permanently moved to a quiet country cottage in Glads Hill, on the outskirts of Chatham. He grew up in a middle class family. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and was well paid, but his extravagant living style often brought the family to financial disaster....   [tags: Biography Charles Dickens Papers] 2088 words
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The Popularity of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - The Popularity of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens I Think that 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens is still popular today because it has a good moral story and people still enjoy a good old fashioned ghost story. This is because a lot of us are still interested in the afterlife and if such things as ghosts even exist we are fascinated by them and a novel with ghosts in, we cannot put it down. The moral story which seems even in modern day society to stick with us and we are still very much obsessed with Christmas and the joy that goes with it....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Ghost Essays] 1298 words
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Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol An audience member's gleeful first-hand account of Charles Dickens's public reading of "A Christmas Carol" unwittingly exposes an often overlooked contradiction in the story's climax: "Finally, there is Scrooge, no longer a miser, but a human being, screaming at the 'conversational' boy in Sunday clothes, to buy him the prize turkey 'that never could have stood upon his legs, that bird'" (96). Perhaps he is no longer a miser but, by this description, Scrooge still plays the role of a capitalist oppressor, commanding underlings to fetch him luxuries....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays]
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19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 'A time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer' this is a good example that represents Scrooges overall attitude to Christmas and those who celebrate it. The central character of a Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge a man portrayed by Dickens as a miser who cares little for others around him, a man whose only interest in life is money that can be made from exploiting other people. The novel is set in Victorian London in the 19th century, a London that is very different to the London we know today; there was no welfare state, National Health Service or environmental laws....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2453 words
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The Theme of Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - The Theme of Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations      In "Great Expectations," the main theme is the theme of expectations. Dickens illustrates this theme through the character of Pip, by exploring the idea of ambition and self-improvement. The idea of expectations is the psychological mechanism that encourages Pip's development, as he is full of ambition and has "Great Expectations" about his future. Pip's expectations in the novel take three forms: social, moral and educational....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays Charles Dickens]
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Rich and Poor Theme in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Rich and Poor Theme in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Throughout the novel, there are many themes, one of them being rich and poor. This theme is introduced by the background description in the opening pages. In this novel the attitudes of the rich relatives, (uncle Pumblechook), are a great contrast to those of lower financial class, - Joe and Mrs. Joe. Special food is reserved for when richer relatives come around; this is a motion of respect. For the duration of the novel, Pip pursues wealth and when he finally attains it he finds it’s useless as he sees its source as ‘tainted’, his wealth is acquired through Magwich....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 836 words
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Analysis of Fagin's Last Night Alive in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist - Analysis of Fagin's Last Night Alive in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist Combining entertainment with a deep critique of the contemporary socioeconomic system and philosophy, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist explores the reality that in Victorian London, crime was neither heroic nor romantic. A setting of debauchery, thievery, prostitution, and murder, Fagin's underworld didactically illustrates the "unattractive and repulsive truth (36)," that one's environment--not birth--influences character. Attempting to introduce society to the evil it had created, Dickens penned "Fagin's Last Night Alive," manipulating both his literal and figurative audience, capitalizing on the current sentiments and is...   [tags: Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist]
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The Cruel and Bitter Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - The Cruel and Bitter Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens At one point in the novel, Dickens tells the reader that Miss. Havisham was a wonderful, beautiful woman and is considered to be a great match. In contrast, when the reader first meets her she is a frightful old woman who cares about nothing but herself. She is determined to live her life in self-pity and seek revenge on all men. In the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham is established as a cruel and bitter old woman trapped in the past, nearly a century ago, when she was abandoned on her wedding day, and is now raising an adopted daughter to seek revenge on all men by breaking their hearts...   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens] 839 words
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Victorian Education and the First Part of Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Victorian Education and the First Part of Hard Times by Charles Dickens The education system in the 19th century was one of the more prominent floors in society. Trainee teachers usually began work around 14 years of age, predictably resulting in poor quality teaching. Subjects and topics were drilled repeatedly until set deep into the children’s memories. Numbers of children to a class were incredibly high, meaning there was a huge lack min teacher – pupil relationship. If you happened to be particularly bright then you were likely to be dragged behind whereas if you were unfortunately slow, then you would be left behind with no special help or encouragement....   [tags: English Literature Hard Times Charles Dickens] 2277 words
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Charles Dickens' Reflection on Society in Hard Times, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and David Copperfield - Charles Dickens' Reflection on Society in Hard Times, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and David Copperfield In this essay I will be examining how and why Dickens chose to comment on the society in which he lived through his novels. I will be examining ‘Hard Times’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Nicholas Nickelby’ and ‘David Copperfield‘. Charles Dickens was considered to be one of the greatest English novelists during the Victorian period, and during this period, novelists had a tradition of commenting on issues affecting society through their work....   [tags: Charles Dickens Twist copperfield Nickleby Essays] 2003 words
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Household Words, by Charles Dickens - In many ways the Victorian Era is not as different as one might initially expect, though there—of course—have been many social improvements since those times. Individuals of Victorian England had, as we do today, a strong attachment to media entertainment. Just as many American anxiously await the release of new episodes of television shows weekly, Victorian England was similarly riveted through weekly installments from a wide variety of periodicals of the time that too were released on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis....   [tags: victorian era, dickens]
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Criminal Activity and Charles Dickens - Criminal Activity and Charles Dickens      Great Expectations, like the majority of Charles Dickens' fiction, contains several autobiographical connotations that demonstrate the author's keen observational talents. Pip, the novel's protagonist, reflects Dickens' painful childhood memories of poverty and an imprisoned father. According to Robert Coles, "there was in this greatest of storytellers an unyielding attachment of sorts to his early social and moral experiences" (566). Complementing Dickens' childhood memories of crime and poverty was his legal training, reflected in the characterizations of lawyers and the abundance of criminal activity that hovers around the world of Gr...   [tags: Dickens]
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The Life and Writing of Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsea, England as Charles John Huffham Dickens but was known as the great Charles Dickens. After being born into a family of eight children and he being the second of eight; the family decided to move to Chatham, were Dickens considered these years the best childhood years ever, but after a couple of years living in Chatham the family decided to move once again but this time to London in the year 1822. There his father got a job as a clerk in the navy post office....   [tags: biography, writer, Biographical Essay] 745 words
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Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol: Famed British author, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England. He was the second of eight children, living in a poor neighborhood in London. His parents were John Dickens, a naval clerk, who always lived beyond his means. Married to his mother Elizabeth Dickens, who aspired to be a teacher and a school director. Dickens went to William Giles’ school in Chatham, Kent, for approximately one year before his father’s money habits caught up with him....   [tags: Biography, Literary Analysis]
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The Biography of Charles Dickens - Charles Dickens was one of the most renown English novelists of the Victorian Era; the immense popularity of his work is still remembered to this day. Born on February 7, 1812 in England, Charles was the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens and the second of eight children, two of which had died during childhood (Library.thinkquest.org). As a child, Dickens took to books early. Dickens never attended a real school; at the beginning, he attended a school run by local women, and later, until the age of nine, he attended a school run by a minister (Library.thinkquest.org)....   [tags: literary, education, life]
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - An inhuman sound disrupted my peaceful slumber. My eyes shifted slowly toward my clock. The red numbers confirmed my suspicion. "Ugh," I thought to myself. "3:30 in the morning. This is going to be a bad day of work." I pushed my blankets off of me and sat up in bed. To my left, the sheets were already pushed back and Marissa was nowhere to be seen. At first, I didn't make the connection; I was too tired from working 12-hour shifts at the hospital and thinking was not my number one priority right now....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1447 words
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Charles Dickens: A Brief Biography - ... Fortunately, a year later, he returned to his education after his father was bailed out; this supports some of the happy endings in Charles’ books (“Charles John…”). But, another painful memory, was when he finally got out of the dreadful factory job, his kind-hearted mother wanted him sent back, which was seemed to be a huge betrayal to young Charles (Glancy 4). All of these feelings of happiness, sadness, betrayal, rejection, and hopelessness in Charles’ early years would later constitute in his books....   [tags: Author, Writer, English] 1308 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A pill bug is an insect that forms a hard shell around its soft flesh whenever startled or scared. Just like this pill bug, humans guard themselves from anything that hurts them without realizing that they are shutting out the most precious moments of their lives. Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is a cold man. He finds what he defines as true happiness in the form of money and wealth. At first he only seems to be a machine living in a human form, but as Scrooge's true journey and hardships are revealed, it becomes difficult to blame only Scrooge for his independence....   [tags: Ebenezer Scrooge]
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Carol The novella A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens, is a classic book . The story is well known to every country and almost every generation has heard of it. The story is something that just warms our hearts during the holidays and makes us appreciate what’s important in our lives. The word carol is extremely important in the novella because it’s used throughout the book and is also a part of the title. Carol has many different definitions and is also even used as a boy or girl name....   [tags: classic books, story analysis] 790 words
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Charles Dickens' Life and Works - ... He also edited some magazines. dickens also managed a theater that gave him more ideas and imagination to continue writing novels. These type of achievements gave him a place as one of the better english writers in history. Dickens turned out to be one of the most popular writers already being young. when he was thirty he already was one of the most successful authors of England. at the time he was forty he was one of the most popular celebrities for literature i the whole world. it was hard for others to accomplish what Charles did because he received really good critics and worldwide success....   [tags: christmas carol, scrooge, writer] 751 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - ... His conclusion is that he is to become wealthy somehow and marry Estella one day. After some time, a large sum of money is made available to Pip from an anonymous benefactor. Meanwhile Pip believes the money to have come from Havisham thus reinforcing the idea that he is to marry Estella one day and furthering his drive to become a Gentleman. Leaving his family at the forge behind, Pip moves to the city and begins making a Gentleman out of himself. After a number of years there, Pip is reunited one night with the convict he aided so long ago, a man named Magwitch, and is dismayed to learn the he is Pip’s benefactor, not Havisham, thereby throwing away his hopes and dreams....   [tags: bias social class, poor] 1346 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Biographical Information: Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. He spent the first nine years of his life in Kent, England. When he was nine, his family moved to London. He was one of eight children and his family was deep in financial troubles. These financial troubles caused him to be withdrawn from school in 1824 and begin work in a boot-blacking factory when his entire family, except for Charles, was sent to a debtor’s prison for 3 months. After they were released, Dickens attended a private school for three years....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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"Recalled to Life" in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - ... Manette his real name, Charles Evrémonde. The next day, Mr. Lorry discovers that Dr. Manette has a relapse and is making shoes, as he did in prison. This relapse lasts nine days and nine nights. Afterwards, Mr. Lorry tells Dr. Manette that he has to get rid of his shoe making tools. Dr. Manette is hesitant until Mr. Lorry brings up Lucie saying, “‘I would recommend him to sacrifice it. Come. Give me your authority, like a dear good man. For his daughter’s sake, my dear Manette’… ‘In her name, then, let it be done.’”(232)....   [tags: lucie, charles darney, dr. manette] 758 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - AP Great Book Assignment: Great Expectations The 544-page, Bildungsroman novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is considered a classic because it has stood the test of time, appealing to generation after generation of readers while still remaining relevant to them. Published in 1861, Dickens created a coming-of-age story that is similar to his other novel, David Copperfield, but Great Expectations is considered to have reflected parts of his own life. There are several parallels between Pip and Dickens....   [tags: book analysis, pip´s life] 1278 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - ... Joe who is the “Angle In The House” along with Magwitch would be the substitute parents to Pip. Magwitch becomes Pip’s secret benefactor establishing Pip with a steady income, while Mr. Joe offers him sincerity and kindness. The fact that Joe forgave Pip after he was so rude to him after traveling to London, illustrates a strong parental bond between the two, because parents should always forgive their children. Although Estella has grown up with the physical support from Miss Havisham, she is also living with the absence of her real parents....   [tags: parents, children, relationship] 731 words
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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens - Imprisonment and captivity are both actions that when are taken literally allow a person to repent for what they have done wrong. Great Expectations is a novel in which Charles Dickens utilizes the theme of imprisonment and captivity to help the reader better their exploration of his characters. Such exploration allows the reader to understand how and why the characters are imprisoned and gives insight into their personalities. Some of the characters are literally imprisoned and get a chance to think about the wretched things they have done that put them in prison....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1144 words
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Hard Times, by Charles Dickens - The characters of Charles Dickens’ fictional english city, Coketown, mirror the relationships and cross-class understandings of class in mid-nineteenth-century England. The influence of both enlightenment and romantic tendencies are evidently portrayed in the Upper and Lower classes of Coketown, and speak to the respective understandings of the characters view of society being relative to their own station within society. Coketown’s social identity is revealed through the restrictions and advantages of the different levels of society and how they contribute to the relationships and understandings between upper and lower classes....   [tags: Social Identity, Classes] 1335 words
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