Charles Dickens in the Victorian Age

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Charles Dickens in the Victorian Age Thesis: Charles Dickens social and economic life in the Victorian Age largely impacted his writing. Outline: I. The background of Dickens life and writing history. II. Dickens writing is affected by his past. III. Dickens life is concentrated on his social and economic past that affects his writing, especially noted in Hard Times. Charles Dickens is thought to be one of the greatest writers of the Victorian Age. For using, his own vast life experiences to create some of his best novels. Dickens climbed himself up the ladder to the top. He used the social and economic customs of the 19th century inside his books and recreated the society and people throughout. Charles Dickens, born into an 1812 middle class life in Portsmouth, England which, quickly fell into poverty. His father, John Dickens, living beyond his means, received imprisonment for debt, along with his wife and most of their children were sent to the Marshalsea in 1824. Dickens at age 12 was removed from school and sent to work at a shoe dye factory, earning six shillings a week to help support his family. Despite his parents’ best efforts, the family remained poor. He felt abandoned and betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of him. His childhood poverty and feelings of abandonment, although unknown to his readers until after his death, has a heavy influence on Dickens later views on social reform and the world he would create through his fiction. Dickens was able to return to school at 15 and became a clerk in a solicitor's office, then a shorthand reporter and finally, a parliamentary and newspaper reporter. These years left him with a lasting affection for journalism. In 1833, Dickens began contributing stories and descriptive essays to magazines and newspapers, which were reprinted as Sketches by "Boz" in 1836. In
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