Charles Dickens Biography Essay

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Andrew Rocchio Hickey English I Honors 3 January 2012 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born into a middle class family on February 12, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. To support his family and make money, Charles left school at the age of 12 to work full-time in a factory. During his time working in the factory, Dickens noticed how harsh the life of an under classed citizen is, which had a lasting impact on his consideration and concept of the world. Not long after, he returned home and back to school. At the age of 15, Dickens dropped out of school and became a clerk in a law office, then as a reporter. During his days as a reporter, he realized how much he loved writing and recording, which lead him to literature and theater. Because of the conditions of life during his time, Dickens often dedicated his time into creating better ideas to improve daily life such as eliminating public hangings, improving schools for the poor, and improvements in sanitation. Charles Dickens' writing mirrored the living conditions of his day, which were poor and depressing. During this time, citizens were split into three social classes; Gentry, which is the highest class, Middle, which is neither rich nor poor, and Working class, which was the poor workers. The Gentry class was known to make harsh and snobby comments to the Working class, noting their lack of education and sanitation. The events that have happened in his life are reflected in his novels. Over the years, Dickens has written several novels including Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two cities, Great Expectations, etc. Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870, and was buried in Westminster

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