Charles Dickens Crusader for Social Change Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Charles Dickens Crusader for Social Change
An examination of Charles Dickens' desire to improve society through his works "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations".
# 66068 | 3,991 words | 8 sources | MLA | 1999 | US
Published on May 28, 2006 in History (British) , Literature (English) , Sociology (Welfare) , English (Analysis)

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The paper examines Charles Dickens' life, analyzes the cause of and reviews his activities for, social activism. The paper examines both "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations" and reviews Dickens' own correspondence about the book to show the author's feelings about the social causes he championed. In conclusion, the paper shows how Dickens' helped to bring about needed changes in society.

Introduction: The Life of Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Dickens was not yet writing fiction. He did begin to show an interest in the improper treatment of the poor and children. He started writing essays criticizing the social conditions in England. "Dickens became interested in the subject of Social Reform and started contributing articles to the radical newspaper the True Sun" (http://lang. Newspapers in England had to pay a 4d. stamp duty. Most liberal papers did not pay the tax, because it drove the cost of the newspaper to high, which prevented the lower classes -who the newspapers believed they were writing for-from purchasing the paper. The True Sun, however, did pay the tax and was a success... Dickens still felt the need to do more to reform society. He started writing novels that ridiculed the ruling classes based on his experiences and observations."

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