Social Injustices Portrayed Through Characterization And Imagery

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Social Injustices portrayed through Characterization and Imagery The Industrial Revolution of the Victorian Era was a time of development and underdevelopment. While the technology was improving, the social class structure and treatment of the underprivileged were not improving. Social injustices of the time were often overlooked, but there are many Victorian writers that wrote social commentaries regarding to these issues and Charles Dickens is one of them. Dickens sympathizes with the underprivileged of the society because he had experienced the injustice as a child. His works were a form of direct appeal to society to take action against poverty, exploitation of children, and the flaw of the judicial system. Through the use of characterization and imagery, Dickens portrayed the reality within the Victorian society pertaining to the social injustice towards the poor and children. Charles Dickens was born into a middle class family with a clerk as his father. However, his father was often in debt due to his congeniality and hospitality. And in 1824, his father was in prison along with the rest of his family because of debt, but Dickens, who was only twelve years old at the time, was sent to work at a blacking factory, a warehouse for manufacturing, packaging, and distributing “blacking” or polish for cleaning shoes, which enabled him to support his family (Makati 7). Dickens was only paid six shillings a week for his daily labor of twelve hours, and he dined on a slice…
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