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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was perhaps the most popular author of the Victorian era. He certainly remains one of that period's most-read and most-adapted novelists today. The secret to his popularity was his...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2020 12:19 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens achieved literary success after a difficult childhood during which he was forced to work in a blacking warehouse at age 12 when his father was sent to debtor's prison. Like David...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2017 12:59 pm UTC

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This line is spoken by Mr. Rokesmith to Bella Wilfred in Our Mutual Friend. Bella was once a spoiled, insufferable snob who turned down Mr. Rokesmith's marriage proposal because she thought that he...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 12:03 am UTC

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Charles Dickens was arguably the most important writer of the Victorian Age, an author who captured the time, and whose exposure of the period's social conditions effected significant legal and...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 10:22 pm UTC

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One of Dickens's most unusual hobbies was a fascination for taxidermy, or the preservation of dead animals' bodies. Dickens was a great animal lover and in common with a growing number of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018 6:44 am UTC

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In a general sense, Dickens created sympathetic characters mostly by making them vulnerable. Many of his most sympathetic characters are children. Dickens used children because it is hard for us...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 7:11 am UTC

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A social reformer, Charles Dickens viewed the technology of the Industrial Revolution as a threat to culture. He wrote of a sychophantic rising middle class that perceived wealth as a measure of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2013 2:18 am UTC

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We like to think that authors make their writing decisions solely on the basis of artistic considerations, but that is not necessarily the case. Financial considerations often come into play and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018 5:23 pm UTC

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Dickens, who lived in London as an adult and spent parts of his childhood in London under sometimes adverse conditions, was a relentless critic of the social injustices of this imperial capital....

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 3:57 am UTC

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Charles Dickens was one of those rare people who lived in various walks of life, so he knew firsthand what it was like to be poor, what it was like to be middle-class, and what it was like to be...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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I suppose one could say that the greatest similarity between the two stories is the transformation of the central character. Over the course of Great Expectations Pip matures considerably, learning...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 7:18 am UTC

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In A Christmas Carol, author Charles Dickens alludes to a few literary works. In Stave II, when the Ghost of Christmas Past visits Ebenezer Scrooge, he takes him on a journey to Scrooge's younger...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 9:47 pm UTC

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Dickens was deeply concerned with the appalling plight of children in Victorian England. He himself had experienced poverty as a boy, when he had to toil away at a blacking factory to help pay off...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 7:16 am UTC

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A lot of good comments have made about the reading of Dickens and I agree with them, so I'll only include what hasn't been covered, which is that reading Dickens is hard. It is hard because of...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013 2:35 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens was one of the greatest authors of all time. His important novels include such titles as David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. Dickens' novels were very much a...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2009 8:04 am UTC

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It can always be difficult to prevent becoming confused by the huge variety of new terms that we use in the study of literature. From what you have written beneath your question, however, it seems...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011 6:06 pm UTC

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Throughout his novels, Charles Dickens exposed what he saw as the injustices in Victorian society. In particular, he wrote about the different economic classes, decrying the way underprivileged...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 10:55 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens was critical of the hardships perpetrated on the poor by the Industrial Revolution. In Oliver Twist, Oliver is a poor chimney sweep. Chimney sweeps were necessary in an economy...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 2:47 pm UTC

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Dickens was the greatest English writer after Shakespeare. He was immensely popular in the U.S. Many of his novels have been made into motion pictures--and watching a few of these would be an easy...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 10:55 am UTC

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Dickens did not die a pauper, in fact he was quite wealthy at his death. He was, however, a pauper in his youth. When his father was sent to debtor's prison, a young Dickens was forced into a...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2012 4:56 pm UTC

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In Hard Times, in the character of Mr. Bounderby, Dickens is satirizing the worst of the self-centered materialistic values to come out of the industrialization of England. From Collins Dictionary,...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010 12:43 am UTC

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The British made a long, long film adaptation of Little Dorrit which is a masterpiece. It comes in two parts, each almost three hours long. The first is called "Nobody's Fault" and the second is...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 11:40 am UTC

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Many people have said J.K. Rowling is like Dickens in that her characters jump off the page and take on a life of their own, especially when kids are concerned. She also has the ability to create...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 5:40 am UTC

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I think that Dickens' ability to make sense of the social situation with respect to its impact on the individual is what helps to define his writing and his place in literature. This can be seen...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011 7:43 pm UTC

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I think you need to raise this issue to another plane. Yes, there was an idea that men and women should be separated, but I don't think that was foundational to Dickens's work. He did have women...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 7:00 am UTC

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There is a level of redemption combined with the strictest of realism in Dickens' work. I think I have a slight problem with the "fairy tale unrealism" because it negates the level of profound...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2010 3:28 am UTC

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Charles Dickens had public influence during his life through his fiction and nonfiction. The social issues that Dickens highlights in the novels helped to bring public attention to the serious...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 3:51 pm UTC

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This discussion question would seem to perfectly fit the novel 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. The story has a grittily realistic setting in Victorian London and shows both the freezing,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2010 12:40 am UTC

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David Copperfield, definitely. He is second only Darcy of Pemberley. Copperfield is such a personable voice and character to see the world of Dickens' England through--and--his friends, like...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 11:03 am UTC

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Try librivox.org for audio editions of public domain reading materials. You will need an ipod or some other device to listen to the recorded books.

Latest answer posted May 1, 2009 7:10 am UTC

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The narratives in Dickens' and Hardy's novels described poor people whose struggles were idealized; however hard work and perseverance usually won over evil. Virtue was always rewarded, in the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2009 4:38 am UTC

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I will offer explanations of two of the names, leaving the others to those who are more qualified. a) Mr. Gradgrind: He is the headmaster of the school in Hard Times. He is interested in cold...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 10:53 pm UTC

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Classical heroes typically are strong, brave, manly and courageous. They often display tremendous fearlessness in military battles or other types of dangerous conflict. They also generally adhere...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2020 6:09 pm UTC

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I wonder whether your question points to a bigger reality about writers and the works that they create. There is a sense in which everything they write about is a fictional construct, as much as...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2012 1:42 pm UTC

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On NBC nightly news, Dickens's 200th birthday was mentioned, and then the public was told who he was....tragic! This man is one of the greatest English writers who ever lived. His characters have...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 10:49 am UTC

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