The Industrial Revolution Of The Victorian Era

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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 stayed the same. Social injustices at the time were often overlooked, but there were many Victorian writers, including Charles Dickens that wrote social commentaries regarding to these issues. Dickens sympathizes with society’s underprivileged because he had experienced similar injustices as a child. His works are a form of direct appeal to society to take action against poverty, exploitation of children, and the flaws 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. Dickens was born into a middle class family. His father’s occupation was a clerk. However, his father was often in debt due to his congeniality and hospitality. And in 1824, his family was sent to debtor’s prison, 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”, a 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 of pudding and slept in an attic. Such a dreadful experience at a young age led Dickens to sympathize with the wretched
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