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Realism: Charles Dickens

Honors English II Project
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Jamie Bang

on 5 June 2013

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Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known English authors of the 19th century. His works, which include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol, use realism to show the harsh life during Dickens’ lifetime, which was during the Industrial Revolution that took place in England. The novel Oliver Twist surrounds a young orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who is forced into a workhouse until he runs away and works for a criminal along with many other orphans, who are all pickpockets. The famous quote from Twist, “Please, sir, I want some more” (Dickens), shows how the lower classes lived during this time, Oliver Twist having to beg for another bowl of disgusting gruel and being punished for it. Realism Quote 2 and 3 Quote 1 Symbols of Realism Author: Charles
Dickens Picture of Industrialization The Industrial
Revolution Project Analysis on how Picture 2 shows Realism Analysis Analysis on how Picture 3 shows Realism The picture depicting industrialization is also realistic in the fact that it shows the reality of life being busy. These people in the city had to work hard throughout life in order to achieve their goals. Some had to work in factories, and yet some had to live off of whatever they made. Factories were not built to look beautiful, but to produce goods and provide jobs. This was anything but glamorous, as this picture accurately depicts the dark, filthy, poor factories of the time of the Industrial Age. Compared to actual pictures of factories during the Industrial Revolution, this picture can truly be seen as realism. The difference between the two is minimal, which means that the painting accurately shows the time period, meaning the painting can be considered realism. Analysis of how Picture shows Realism Charles Dickens is able to show the problems in society during the time, such as these harsh conditions for orphans and children, as well as the unfair factory jobs and debtor’s prisons. He does this through the individual, usually having one character (such as Oliver Twist, Pip (from Great Expectations), or Scrooge (from A Christmas Carol)) that is separate by their strong character from the world around them. This character, whoever it may be throughout the novel, destiny is shaped by the their own reactions and actions towards the world around them. If a character is cruel to the people around them, in the end, the cruelty will be turned back on them, such as with Scrooge and his face with Death. Dickens also often makes fun of the immoral characters in his novels using satirical humour. There are many examples of this throughout Oliver Twist, where the misbehaving adults around Oliver are made fun of through their own actions and hypocrisy. Resources This quote accurately and appropriately describes what realism is. Realism is nothing more than the truth of whatever is being shown or described. This can be seen not only in art, but also in writing. Realism is the truth, and does not over describe or build something up into something that it is not. If something is built up into something great, when in actuality it is not, then it would not be considered realism. Material that is real and completely true is realism, and is nothing more than the truth. “Realism is nothing more or nothing less than truthful treatment of the material” (William Dean Howells 1889) Picture of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known English authors of the 19th century. His works, which include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol, use realism to show the harsh life during Dickens’ lifetime, which was during the Industrial Revolution that took place in England. The novel Oliver Twist surrounds a young orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who is forced into a workhouse until he runs away and works for a criminal along with many other orphans, who are all pickpockets. The famous quote from Twist, “Please, sir, I want some more” (Dickens), shows how the lower classes lived during this time, Oliver Twist having to beg for another bowl of disgusting gruel and being punished for it. Realism Realism dominated the period following right after the civil war focusing on attempting to make a snapshot a reality. Realism was born as a reaction to romanticism. Unlike the romanticists, realists did not want to glorify anything, instead they wanted to depict reality through the observations of social issues in society. At the time realism started to emerge, the U.S was going through the Industrial Revolution and society was changing rapidly. This inspired many writers to depict the effects of these dramatic social changes on the average citizen. The first newly inspired writers to come forth were Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Henry James and William Dean Howells. “Where we thought nothing worthy of notice, it shows everything to be rife with significance.”
( George Parsons Lathrop 1874) This Quote is significant in portraying the true meaning and purpose for the Realism Movement. Where people were living in their lives of fantasy and fake happiness the true realistic life was ignored and people did not really think about the stresses and tensions that could go on during their lives. When depression, stress, effort, and hard work were supposed to be taken seriously they were not instead the unrealistic and fantasy lifestyle of achieving happiness was being taken into consideration. Lathrop is trying to convey the message that rather than focusing on a fantasy lifestyle people should have focused more on the realistic side of life (depression, hard work and effort needed to achieve a goal). Realism Quote One Contrast Between Realism and Romanticism The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran Picture 3: Other Symbols Put picture here Realism Quote 2 hi
-Jamie, 2013 Romanticism Analysis of Picture Charles Dickens and Realism Charles Dickens' Work Picture of Charles Dickens Dickens is able to show the problems in society during the time, such as these harsh conditions for orphans and children, as well as the unfair factory jobs and debtor’s prisons. He does this through the individual, usually having one character (such as Oliver Twist, Pip (from Great Expectations), or Scrooge (from A Christmas Carol)) that is separate by their strong character from the world around them. This character, whoever it may be throughout the novel, destiny is shaped by the their own reactions and actions towards the world around them. If a character is cruel to the people around them, in the end, the cruelty will be turned back on them, such as with Scrooge and his face with Death. Dickens also often makes fun of the immoral characters in his novels using satirical humour. There are many examples of this throughout Oliver Twist, where the misbehaving adults around Oliver are made fun of through their own actions and hypocrisy. The picture on the right depicts romanticism through the seemingly peaceful and calm wildlife. The use of the bright colors suggest that the atmosphere in the picture is depicted as being one of no worries, containing just happiness, which is similar to what the romanticists believed in. It portrays fantasy and an unrealistic lifestyle, whereas the picture on the left portrays the elements of realism through much more realistic ideas and concepts. It does this by showing the actual hardships and stresses that humanity has to face in nature, therefore showing realism. The life in the picture on the right would be peaceful and free of stress, while the realistic picture on the left shows overall that hard work is needed to achieve that happiness or promise of a new and better improved lifestyle. "Charles Dickens." - Biography and Works. Search Texts, Read Online. Discuss.N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/>.

"A Tale of Two Cities." By Charles Dickens. Search EText, Read Online, Study, Discuss. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/twocities/>.

BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/charles_dickens/>.
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