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Introduction on Charles Dickens

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. Charles then went to school as a day boy

in Hampstead where he had a 'cane happy' headmaster called Mr Jones.

Charles then got an office job for newspapers and magazines doing news

reports from parliament and Law courts, soon after he started writing

short stories for magazines, he then died in 1870 at an age of 58.

Oliver Twist was written in 1839 by Charles Dickens and was published

in monthly issues in magazines and newspapers. The first time Oliver

Twist was made into a book was in 1850 this was when Charles Dickens

was thirty - eight years old. This book was based on his history and

about the poor who lived in London. Some characters in the book are

from his history such as Fagin who was his old childhood friend or Mr.

Bumble who was Dickens Headmaster.

The Book

Oliver Twist is an orphan who was born in a workhouse. After an

unhappy apprenticeship, Oliver runs away to London where he falls in

with thieves, headed by Fagin a villainous 'Jew '. Mr Brownlow rescues

him but the gang kidnaps him back. Oliver discovers the identity of

his parents. The gang that Fagin runs are exposed.

This would be similar to the workhouse Oliver would have spent 10

years of his life in.

Chapter VIII

We learn a lot about the way people lived then from the way Dickens

described it. In chapter eight Oliver runs away from the workhouse and

from Mr Sowerberry and heads off to London.

As Oliver walked away from the workhouse he was hiding behind the

hedges because the fear of him being 'pursued had overtaken'. He saw a

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