Charles Dickens is among some of the great fiction authors of the Victorian era. He was more than just a writer nevertheless; he inspired changes throughout the world with the use of writing. For a man to come from his childhood scenario to where he developed could be seen as amazing, but really his struggles are the blessings for his success. Charles Dickens was inspired by the struggles of the poor and the oppressed, his writing caused societal changes, and he used fictional people and events to represent the real world. Subtopic 1 During the Victorian Era in Britain there was a severe gap between the rich and the poor.
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.
The early childhood of dickens was really rough. When his father was sent to jail the family struggled with money so dickens began his first job at age 12. This made him feel abandoned and may have even helped his writing be better. From the rough past dickens had it helped him understand the lower class and his comic genius. Which helped him in writing Oliver Twist.
Charles Dickens' father, John, made little money working as a clerk in England's Navy Pay Office (Coles 564). John's low salary, combined with a severe spending problem, would eventually land him in debt. As a consequence, John was placed into debtors' prison. As was the custom of the time, John was forced to bring his family along with him (Coles 564). It was 1824 and young Dickens was only 12 years old (Coles 564).
Charles Dickens was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. Spending most of his childhood in London and Kent, Charles led a privileged life until 1824. It was then, while Charles was twelve years old, that his father, mother, and siblings were sent to debtor's prison. Although Dickens escaped the same fate as his family, he was forced to support himself by working in a shoe-polish factory. The horrific conditions in the factory haunted Dickens for the rest of his life.
The Childhood of Charles Dickens "I do not write resentfully or angrily: for I know all these things have worked together to make me what I am" - Charles Dickens Charles Dickens's tumultuous childhood did indeed shape the person he became, as well as have a definite impact on his literary career. There are shades of young Dickens in many of his most beloved characters, including David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and of course, Great Expectations' Pip. Like Dickens, all three of these characters came from humble beginnings and were able to rise above their respective circumstances to achieve success. Similarly, Dickens' literary success is owed in large part to his unhappy childhood experiences. He did not merely overcome his past, he triumphed over it by incorporating it into best-selling works of art.
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.
It was birthed as the result of the life of Charles Dickens, his time period, and his boyhood experiences. Dickens was born in February of 1812 in England. His parents were middle-class, but suffered financially. Dickens was forced to quick school and work in a blacking factory when he was only 12 because of his father, brother, and mother going to jail because of debt. A few weeks after he started working, his father, mother, and siblings were put into debtor’s prison.
With small amounts of money his family had, food was scarce and education for the family was beginning to diminish.. At age 12, John Dickens was sentenced to prison after being in debt after long periods if time. Soon later after his father's imprisonment, Charles was forced to not attend school, but to work at a factory. Charles Dickens did not have a chance to be a kid, but grow up in just an instant and become the provider of the family. Charles hated to work in the factory. Due to fact that Charles was a boy, he was teased by other workers because he was so young.
When Dickens was twelve, his father, John Dickens, was sent to jail because of all his debts. Because his father was no longer there to support his family, Dickens had to drop out of school and begin work at a boot-blacking factory. Having said goodbye to his childhood at such a young age, he felt betrayed by adults he trusted. This would become a theme that reappears in many of his works (“Charles Dickens” 1). According to bio.com, upon his father’s return, Dickens was able to go back to school.