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Charles Dickens' Life
Transcript of Charles Dickens' Life
Oliver Twist and it's Inspirations
Charles Dickens by Sam J, Sam S, Harry P and Matthew B
Charles Dickens' Life
All should be able to recite at least 3 facts about Charles dickens life
Most will be able to know about his campaigns against the conditions for the poor
Some should be able know about his near-death experience
Charles Dickens' reading to the public
Campaigns against conditions for the poor
The writings of Charles Dickens, in particular his novel Oliver Twist, were critical of the workhouse system.
Dickens criticized the work house, living conditions and the education system
Brief facts about his life
DoB: February 7, 1812
DoD: June 9, 1870
Charles Dickens was born in No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth in England
Charles Dickens unfortunately died of a stroke
He had a pet raven called Grip which he had stuffed when it died in 1841.
'The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.' - Nicholas Nickleby
'No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.' - Charles Dickens
'Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.' - David Copperfield
'There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.' - The Pickwick Papers
Why did Dickens take his show on the road?
His first public readings were for charity, beginning with two performances of A Christmas Carol , before a crowd of 2,000 working-class people in Birmingham.
Soon however; offers of payment were coming in, and Dickens, always with an eye for the business opportunity, was tempted.
His close friend John Forster warned that such a reading to the public for money might be considered demeaning, and this was enough to dissuade Dickens for a while.
Respectability was an issue with him but the lure of public performance proved too much, and the author turned professional in 1858.
And in 1865 he had been involved in a serious train crash at Staplehurst (his was the only carriage that did not fall into a ravine), which meant that this particular form of transport, on which he relied so heavily while on tour, was nothing but trauma to him.
Charles Dickens did not have a happy childhood. The low point came when he was twelve. His father, John Dickens, was arrested and sent to jail for failure to pay a debt. Worst of all, young Charles Dickens was sent to work in a blacking (shoe polish) factory.
'Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.' - Our Mutual Friend
Write at least one fact on your white board about Charles Dickens.
Complete the sheet to summarize your learning.
Dickens himself had been a pauper in childhood and had a difficult upbringing. When he was twelve his father, John Dickens, was sent to jail for failure to pay a debt, and Charles was sent to a shoe polish factory.