A look at Charles Dickens' London in the 18th century through his writings: 'A Christmas Carol', 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'David Copperfield', 'Great Expectations', 'The Old Curiosity Shop', and 'Oliver Twist.'
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Published on Dec 21, 2009 in History (British) , Literature (English) , Sociology (General) , English (General)
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In this article, the writer looks at different books of Charles Dickens and discusses that his works give the modern reader an idea of the harsh reality of 19th century England with the misery and tragedies the poor were forced to endure. The writer points out that Dickens also showed another side. The writer maintains that in his novels, Dickens does not portray the poor family as corrupt, but rather more loving, more affectionate and even more virtuous then all others. The writer discusses that Dickens portrayed the poor, not as evil villains as society would have liked them to be seen, but as virtuous and loving beings, who were simply trying to survive in a grim and ruthless environment, with little or no aid from the government.
From the Paper:"No matter what difficulties arise it appears that the family always sticks together and loves each other unconditionally. In Great Expectations, when Pip is ill and gets himself into debt, it is Joe who is there to bail him out, in spite of the fact, that Pip had rejected him for so long. The love and affection that the two shared was there all along and in the end both knew what really mattered. Dickens's own family experience was probably much like this; in fact Dickens stuck with his family and supported them for years. Dickens did however, have somewhat of a grudge against his mother, who almost forced him back to the blacking factory after his family had been released from prison. "
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- Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1994.
- Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Bantam, 1981.
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