John’s overwhelming addiction to gambling resulted in the loss of household income and left his family in poverty (Merriman 1). In 1824 he was arrested for debt, and imprisoned at the Marshalsea Prison (Haines 6). Throughout his childhood, Dickens was always stable and happy (Merriman 1). He attended Giles Academy in Chatham for about one year. Later, he attended the Wellington House Academy in London.
To understand the difficulty of Dickens’ childhood is to understand why his writing focuses on the English social structure. Dickens’ life revolved around social standing. He was born in the lower class but wasn’t miserable. After his father fell into tremendous debt he was forced into work at a young age. He had to work his way to a higher social standing.