Charles Dickens Essay

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How Charles Dickens Life Experiences Affected his Writing In 1824, being only twelve years old, Charles Dickens was forced to work in a shoe polish factory. This was a big change for him after living an upper middle class life all his life. This is one of the experiences that he hated the most, in fact, it haunted him throughout his life having a sense of humiliation and abandonment. Charles Dickens describes similar experiences to those that plagued his mind in his novel, “David Copperfield” which was the story of a boy that missed out on his childhood in exchange for hard labor and plenty of responsibilities.(Burgan, William.) It is said that what you learn and experience in your childhood will reflect upon your attitude and actions in the future. Charles Dickens who is one of the most popular writers in the history of literature, reflected his childhood and his upbringing in most of the works that he wrote. He spent most of his childhood in London and Kent both of which appear frequently in his novels. ("Dickens, Charles John Huffam.") In Dickens Great Expectations, he gives us a sense of his presence as Pip, portraying an image of his younger self. In this novel, he explores the sense of guilt and shame that had haunted him his entire life, as he rose from humble beginnings to success, wealth and fame. He was giving his novels life by filling them with real emotions that he had carried throughout his young and part of his adult life. (“Morrow, Clark Elder.”) The later novels Charles Dickens wrote went from the comic tales based one one central character into works of great insight, relevance and seriousness. In most cases anyway, Charles Dickens portrayed part of himself into the characters that filled his popular novels. Charles Dickens performed many lectures, including one in the United States in 1842 in opposition to slavery which clearly shows that

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