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Transcript of Charles Dickens
- Portsea, England
- 7 February 1812
- English writer and social critic
- Greatest novelist of the Victorian era
- A lot of popularity
Big positive influence on the English language
6th most cited writer in the Oxford English Dictionary
Popularised words that have never been used before
-What was Dickens's attitude towards
-Did Dickens really 'invent' Christmas?
-Was Dickens paid by the word?
-A Christmas Carol
What did he contribute to the English language?
-Main character: Oliver Twist
Orphan pickpocket trained to steal
Contempory social issues
Dark humour and sarcasm
-Main character: Scrooge
selfish old man kinder man
a change of heart is needed + Christmas = right season
-Rejuvenates the old Christmas traditions
A Christmas Carol
Tension between working class and owners
Danger: humans machines
-Compassion and imagination = important
-Pictures from Italy
-Trip to North America
-Critical observation of the new revolutionary
North American society
-Trip to Italy
-A nation of great contrasts
Pictures of Italy
-Close –up snaphots
-14 000 letters
-All aspects of society
A short story = brief work of literature
79 pages/ 8 pages
The haunted house: Christmas (1859)
The signal-man: Railway and ghost (1866)
A message from the sea: Adventure
The actors invented an ending
Dickensian: to describe an unacceptable level of poverty.
March 1850 to May 1859
All the year round:
1859 and 1895
Idiom: I've got his number
New names: Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Fagin
Slang: butter-fingers, sawbones
New words: creeps, messiness
- John and Elisabeth
- The working conditions
- Law office
The last years of his life
- He died
- His last full roman
- He died
- Last full roman
What else did he contribute?/Modern references
Charles Dickens Museum