Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens When one thinks of Charles Dickens the phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” comes to mind. Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1912 to John and Elizabeth Barrow Dickens. Dickens had four brothers and sisters. Dickens’ father was imprisoned in 1824 for debt. Dickens was twelve years old when he was sent to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory, while the rest of the family joined his father in the Marshalsea Prison. During this time he lived in a lodging house. These early experiences became a source of creative energy and it also made him a self-reliant, hardworking and dedicated writer. Dickens’ first published story appeared in 1835. He very often wrote under the name “Boz.” Dickens went on to publish such works as Oliver Twist, Great Expectaions, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol and The Pickwick Papers. Dickens died on June 9, 1870. Dickens uses many different themes in his books. The most predominant themes are poverty, death and the corruption of wealth. These themes are seen in the books of Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist. Dickens is able to write about these themes from real life experienc Continue...


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It is not wrong to them because they are doing this in order to survive. He forgets about his family and everyone that is important to him. Some are forced into crime in order to survive, which only isolates them from society. He then runs away to London where he is accosted by the Artful Dodger and taken to Fagin. He paints a grim and violent picture of war. She has been taught to break men's hearts and not to fall in love. Bumble also shows his greed by selling Oliver's identity for twenty-five pounds. Pip is and orphan who lives with his sister and her husband Joe Gargery. Another example is when Oliver is sold to Mr. Bumble twenty-five pounds is more important than Oliver's identity. She has not the left home since her wedding day. Pip longs to be with Estella but she tells him that he is coarse and common. He was able to describe the poor because he was once poor.

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