Charles Dickens Essay

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Biographical Summary Charles Dickens is one of the most influential writers in history and was “born in Landport, now part of Portsmouth, on February 7th, 1812”(Priestly 5). Despite being the successful writer that he was in life, Dickens had very humble beginnings and because his Father, John Huffman Dickens, “lacked the money to support his family adequetly” , Dickens lived in poverty through out most of his childhood (Collins). Matters only got worse, however, when Dickens’s Father had to “spen[d] time in prison for debt” causing Dickens to have to “work in a London factory pasting labels on bottles of shoe polish” (Collins). It was a horrible experience for him, but it also helped him to no doubt feel pity for the poor, which is …show more content…
Dickens, at the beginning of his life, was very optimistic, his novels having “serious themes and plots” but also having “enough humor to keep [them] entertaining” (Collins). Later on in life, however, Dickens writing became less lighthearted, with his “view of Victorian society, and perhaps of the world, [having grown] darker” and his “character and plots seem[ing] to emphasize the evil side of human experience” more and more (Collins). Since Dickens style of writing was mostly influenced by his experiences, this change in style most likely resulted from negative experiences in his life which every person tends to experience as they get older. Dickens had to abandon some of the optimism that he had held on to in youth, which is something that usually happens as one experience life more and the weight of the world is felt more on one’s shoulders. In Dickens case, this weight was Victorian society and all its vices which he had high hopes to escape from when on “on January 4, 1842, Dickens and his wife boarded the steamer Britannia” to go to Boston in America (Lepore). Dickens, like most people at the time, probably had an ideal picture of America and most likely saw the country as a paradise against some of the old world’s plagues and problems. When he arrived at America his fantasies were not met, and he would often write home saying things like "this is not the Republic [he] came to see" and how "this [was] not the Republic of [his] imagination"(Lepore).

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