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.
Introduction on Charles Dickens He was born in 1812, his family were very poor, his father who was a clerk in the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth, when he was five years old his family moved to Chatham which at the time was a big Dockyard. At the age of nine he moved again but this time it was to London, because his family were so poor they could not afford to send Charles to school so he taught himself. Charles started work at the age of 11 in a blacking factory helped and taught what to do by a friend named Bob Fagin (who is in Oliver Twist). As a result of being so poor his father went to debtors prison, because his mother could not afford things she joined him going to prison the bailiffs took away all there possessions. His Grandmother died and left money to the family and as a result of this they got out of prison.
Mr. Dickens meets Maria again but realizes she’s grown old and became an unpleasant sight, while Pip meets Estella again and still loves her. (BBC.com & TheAtlantic.com) Charles Dickens’s influences on Great Expectations derive directly from his life and experiences. His characters and backgrounds imitate people he’s met and places he’s been. Though there are many exaggerations on themes, characters and plots, it’s clear it is taken from the author’s life. This novel is Mr. Dickens’s unofficial biography since there are many similarities.
After his father went to prison, at the age of twelve, Charles had to go to work for a few months as a warehouse employee, blackening shoes and putting labels on boxes. During this period in his life, (while his father was in jail) was painful for him and is later influenced in some of his writings such as the novel David Copperfield. His father was the inspiration of one of the characters, Mr. Micawber. Charles Dickens never had much of the opportunity to be a child. Many of his novels such as Oliver Twist and Philip Pirrip express the struggles he faced growing up.
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. His father was apparently the inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in “David Copperfield” and also within “Great Expectations” the character Magwitch is seen as a father like figure who is a convict. Both characters were created and influenced by Dickens’s past. Once his father was imprisoned the entire family, apart from Charles, were sent to Marshalsea along with their patriarch. Charles was 12 years old when he was taken out of school and sent to work in Warren's blacking factory and endured appalling conditions as well as loneliness and despair.
Much to his relief, Dickens was permitted to go back to school. But when Dickens was 15, his education had to interrupted once again. In 1827, he had to drop out of school and work as an office boy to contribute to his family’s income. Within a year of working, Dickens began freelance reporting at the law courts of London. Just a few years later, he was reporting for two major London news... ... middle of paper ... ...revolutionaries.
Charles Dickens Charles John Huffman Dickens was born in Portsmouth on Feb. 7,1812. He moved with his family to London when he was about 2 years old. Many events and people in his books were based on events and people in his life. He was the son of a clerk who was imprisoned for debt. Even when his father was free, there was not enough money to support the family adequately.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a nineteenth century English writer who wrote such classics as: A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale Of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and many others. He was born into a middle class family, but when he came home from boarding school at the age of ten he found his family living in poverty. He was unable to return to school in order to help out at home. When he was twelve, his father was sent to prison for his debts. While the rest of the family lived in Marshalsea prison Charles was forced to work long hours in order to support himself.
He was born in 1812 into a middle-class family, however, his father was declared bankrupt in 1824. His family was sent to the Marshalsea Prison for debtors in London. Charles, however, at the age of 12 was sent to work in a blacking factory, labeling bottles. He lived in lodgings in semi-squalor in an attic room. However, his father borrowed money and Dickens was then sent to a public school called Wellington House, but the masters were savage and academic standards were low.
He was born on February 7th, 1812, in Portsmouth, England (“Charles Dickens”). He was born in a family of eight children; John Dickens, his father, was a money-driven naval clerk while Elizabeth Barrow, a housewife, was his mother (“Charles John…”). Most of Charles’ childhood memories were in Chatham, East of England, and his most fondly were rendered into his books (Glancy 2). He had to work at a shoe-blacking factory in order to support his family since his father was in jail; he was only twelve (“Charles Dickens”). The rest of his family moved into the prison room with John Dickens, except for Charles, who went to live in a cheap boarding house close to the factory he worked at (Stanley and Vennema 6).