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Transcript of Charles Dickens
LIFE TIME (1)
Dickens was born into a poor family on February 12th, 1812, the second of eight siblings
Attended one year of school at 9 before being pulled out to work at "Warren's Blacking Factory (1821)
His father was sent to debtor's prison, and Dickens was left alone, working everyday.
LIFE TIME (2)
Teaches himself shorthand as a young adult, which , along with his year of early schooling, makes up his education
After his father's release, Dickens is fired from Warren's, much to his desperate mother's despair.
Marries Catherine Hogan in 1836. They split in 1858 because of Dickens' secret love affair with Ellen Ternan
Dickens based many of his characters in his books off of people who were important in his life
Dickens portrayed his mother as a bitter character because of their bad relationship earlier in life.
Often, more than one character would be based off of a person, if they changed in Dickens' life.
In "Nicolas Nickleby", Elizabeth Dickens is represented as Mrs. Nickleby, a greedy woman content on marrying her daughter into a life of misery for money.
REOCCURRING STORY THEMES
Dickens' stories always hold themes that reflect the adversity that he faced mainly as a child, but also throughout his life
The theme that is prevalent in almost all of his novels is social climbing, where a character "makes his way up in the world".
Such themes include governmental failure, child labor and family debt, which he had previously experienced.
"Oliver Twist" is the story of hardship and poverty that exemplifies the life that Dickens lived during childhood.
The themes most distinct in the story are child labor, hypocrisy, governmental corruption, and life of children in poverty
Dickens' was upset by the laws being made regarding the poor. He uses sarcasm to criticize the government through his writing.
Fagin in "Oliver Twist" is based off of a boy named Faginhook who Dickens met in childhood at the factory. Fagin took Charles under his wing and helped him survive his time at the factory.
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