Analysis of The Hanged Man's Bride, The Trial for Murder and Confession Found in a Prison

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Analysis of The Hanged Man's Bride, The Trial for Murder and Confession Found in a Prison

Introduction

Based on my study of Charles Dickens, I have decided to focus upon three short stories to write about in detail. These are: The Hanged Man's Bride, written in 1860, The Trial For Murder, written in 1865 and Confession Found in a Prison, written in 1842. To enable me to understand the stories better and also Dicken's interests and motivations, I have carried out necessary research on historical, literacy contexts and other biographical details.

Charles Dickens stories could be said to be a reflection of his own childhood because of the intensity in which he writes about the subject - his
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Dickens was fascinated with the supernatural and attended many séances. A reoccurring theme within Dickens writing is that of the supernatural such as ghost stories. These are about good and evil, justice and injustice, meanness and generosity such as in Scrooge, and love and hate.

Confession Found in a Prison and The Trial For Murder are told in the first person as if the storyteller has written their account. Whereas in The Hanged Man's Bride the story is told in the third person, this being a narrator who is talking about what happened to other people.

In Confession Found in a Prison Charles Dickens has organised the story as the narrator is in prison awaiting his execution and the story then goes on to tell the reader how he came to be in this position.

In The Trial For Murder the narrator opens with a long introduction about the supernatural and how people feel about it, before he then goes on to progress with the story, which in itself relates to a psychic experience.

In The Hanged Man's Bride the story is organised in a more straightforward fashion such as that it starts with two friends on holiday and what happens to them when they visit a country house.

Within all his stories Charles Dickens presents the characters in an in-depth fashion. This helps the reader to develop in their mind a picture of what
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