How Charles Dickens’ Life Influenced Oliver Twist Essays

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How Charles Dickens’ Life Influenced Oliver Twist

“The range of his creative activity is, in the first place, limited to the world of his youth” (Cecil 169). This quote explains many people. What has previously happened to a person has a tremendous impact on them. It can affect their decisions, emotions, and life. The life of a person can sometimes be seen quite easily through what they do. Artists often reveal what their life has been like through the works that they create. The same can be said about writers. Events in authors past often show up in his works. The above quote is, in fact, made in regard to Charles Dickens.

Dickens had several real life experiences of poverty and abandonment in his life that influenced his work,
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Eventually, they saved him from the factory. Charles grew up and put himself through the education he could manage to find. He got a job as a lawyer’s apprentice, and then he worked as a parliamentary reporter. Dickens began to do some freelance writings for several magazines. He eventually became the editor of a magazine and an author of his own novels.

Throughout Dickens journey through life, the poor laws of Great Britain were closely intertwined. The first major impact that his childhood experiences had on him was his exposure to the factory system. The Industrial Revolution created large urban areas with a central factory that employed most of the area’s people. The factory was full of lower-class people in unsanitary conditions. In the days of Dickens’ factory experience the old poor laws were in effect. This helped Dickens’ situation greatly. His father lived in a fairly nice and sanitary prison, and was given time to find the money he owed. The old poor law system of giving aid to the poor helped to save the Dickens family. When Dickens grew up and was a parliamentary reporter, the new poor laws were about to be passed. Dickens realized that the new poor laws would bring doom to many families. The new poor laws did not help the poor but worsened their condition in order to drive them to work.

Dickens’ experiences of living in abandonment and working in Warren’s Blacking Factory, coupled with his
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