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Transcript of Charles Dickens
Family debt linked to social inequity and a flaw in the father's character
Portrayed in; The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and Little Dorrit Broken Heart - Marital Mismatches Relates to his martial issues
Shown in many of his novels and normally resolved with a death
Portrayed in David Copperfield, Dombey and Son, Little Dorrit, and Great Expectations Ladder - Social Climbing Relates to his life of being poor and father's dreams
Represented as a necessary evil that takes young men away from the people who are kindest to them
Portrayed in David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Our Mutual Friend
Represented a series of characters who attempted to social climb for money and are left unhappy when they succeed
Portrayed in Bleak House, Dombey and Son, and Great Expectations Charles Dickens' Timeline Significant Life Events & Accomplishments February 7, 1812 - Born in Portsmouth, England
1816 - Moved to Chatham, Kent
1822 - Moved to Camden Town
1824 - Father was sent to prison for his debts
Forced to leave school to work at a boot-blacking factory
Father received a family inheritance and used it to pay off his debts
1827 - Dropped out of school for a second time to work at an office
1828 - Began freelance reporting at the law courts of London
1833 - Began submitting sketches to various magazines and newspapers 1836 - Clippings published in his first book, "Sketches"
Caught Catherine Hogarth's attention
Started "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club"
Publisher of Bently's Miscellany
Published "Oliver Twist"
1838 to 1841 - Published "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", "The Old Curiousity Shop" & "Barnaby Ridge"
1842 - Went on a five month tour of the United States
Wrote "American Notes for General Circulation"
1843 - Wrote "The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit "
Published two Christmas stories
1845 - Spent a year in Italy writing "Pictures from Italy" 1846 to 1847 - Published "Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son"
1849 - 1850 - worked on "David Copperfield"
1850's - suffered the loss of a daughter and father
separated from wife
Published "Bleak House", "Hard Times", "Little Dorrit", "A Tale of Two Cities"
1860 to 1861 - Published "Great Expectations"
1865 - Published "Our Mutual Friend"
1865 - Involved in a train accident
1867 to 1868 - launched second tour of United States
June 9, 1870 - Died of a stroke Book-ography Why?
Widely known as his greatest literary accomplishment
Portrays his knowledge of life in London (autobiographical)
Expresses his thoughts of social climbing
Reveals themes that anyone can relate to
Involves a variety of unforgettable characters David Copperfield A novel that follows the life of a young boy who has a troubled life in all aspects including his home life, school life and love life. Despite his efforts with a variety of options, he eventually finds himself where his heart desires. Why?
First novel to have followed a character throughout their everyday life
Based on his personal experience (autobiographical)
Dickens' personal favourite
Helped define the public's expectations of Dickens novels
Effectively shows the effects of being in debt, the difficulties marriage can bring and consequences social climbing can bring
Known for its characters and morals Oliver Twist A novel that follows the unfortunate life of an orphan who does whatever it takes to survive, even if it involves criminal activities. Ultimately, his life as an orphan comes to an end with great surprises. Why?
Inspired by his own personal feelings towards child labour (autobiographical)
Has a classic story line
Portrays a different perspective others don't realize about London
Influenced others in assisting those who are as unfortunate as the characters in his novel
Known to be an important document in social history Little Dorrit A novel that follows the intertwining lives of two characters that are involved in financial issues due to their fathers. Subsequently, after a long journey the two find themselves solved of their issues and discover the truth of certain situations. Why?
Effectively shows the negative effects a family debt can have on a person
One of his few upbeat novels
Feelings towards fathers' in the novel developed from Dickens' personal opinions
Portrays Dickens' views of prison and the government
Written to prove his knowledge to the critics of his time Style and Approach Purpose & Intent Method of expressing his opinions about certain matters
Method of sharing his views on the world around him
A different way of recording his past experiences; books became an autobiography
Be the voice for the poor in London
To make the middle class of London memorable during the Industrial Revolution
Draw attention to the social injustice
Document his surroundings How is this communicated? Eye for detail; provided vivid descriptions for the reader
Included powerful adjectives, metaphors, similes, personification, and imagery
Used idealized characters
Used dialect and substandard speech to assist with the development of his characters
Used houses to symbolize the characters
Exaggeration to emphasize his points
Used writing style to make the reader feel as if they were there (syntax) How does Dickens' life affect his art? Each person that has made a great impact on his life is a character in at least one novel
The social injustice in London determined the mood of his novel
His personal opinions on certain topics assisted in how it was portrayed in the novel
Each novel contained at least one of his own experiences
Critics always inspired him to write more and better pieces of literature Dickens' Philosophy of Life and People There are many injustices in the world that are not recognized
People have the ability to rise above their unfortunate circumstances
Good can come from poor situations
One's past can have a large impact on their future Who & What has Dickens' influenced Known to be first great urban novelist; created a new style of writing
Known to be one of the most important social commentators; led him to his contribution in social reforms
Novels were used as a "springboard" for debates about social and moral reform
Helped raise awareness to the injustice in London
His contribution to the emergence of public opinion affected the decisions of authorities
Indirectly contributed to a series of legal reforms
Novels became a great influence on traditions
Authors influenced by him: Esther Freud, Franz Kafka, John Irving, etc. Why is Dicken's novel worth reading? His style of writing draws your attention
His novels are considered a classic
His novels give you an ideal representation of life in London
His novels give you great insight on the many injustices that occurred
His characters are described in a way that makes you feel as if you know them personally
His figurative language makes you feel as if you are there
The morals in his novel are relatable to anyone
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