Charles Dickens And The Victorian Era

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Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era

The various themes and ideas of the Victorian era are perfectly showcased in the

many novels and short stories of Charles Dickens.

The writers of the Victorian era produced an enormous amount of the greatest

novels to ever be written- those that were "realistic, thickly plotted, crowded with characters,

and long." They, more often than not, showed the characteristics of the different social

classes in society. Generally humorous, most books were targeted to the middle, as they

could relate to them the most easily. Dickens ' own works have extensive plots woven

throughout each of them, one in particular being that of Bleak House. That novel is

considered to be Dickens ' longest and contains a grand total of fifty characters, all of which

are interconnected by some standard. Its plot surrounds a mysterious murder and lawsuit.

A large portion of Dickens ' inspiration for his works came from his own childhood

and adolescence. He was born Charles John Huffam Dickens to parents John and

Elizabeth on February 7, 1812. Charles was the second of their eight children. As a child,

the family employed two servants. One was named Mary Weller, and she was instrumental

in Charles ' life. She told him and his siblings made-up stories, which she swore were true,

and thus stretched his imagination and fascination for storytelling. His father was employed

as a clerk in the…
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