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…