Charles Dickens … Samantha Pinter Professor OwensEnglish 110215 July 2010
Dickens’ Choice of Characters Within Dickens writings heroism isdrawn from among the"middle class", often youngchildren and the poor, thefew of wealth and rank arepictured harsh,unsympathetic, with muchsarcasm.
Child Laborer 1800’s Dickens himself worked in a factory as a young child, using this experiences in many of his child characters.
Well Known Child Characters David Copperfield Tiny Tim Oliver Twist
Oliver TwistOliver Twist
Young boy who grows up at the workhouse.
Adopted by a gang of criminals to become a pick pocket thief.
Oliver runs away because he does not wish to seal.
Dickens portrays Oliver in an innocent light who is constantly being disappointed by the world.
Tiny TimThe Christmas Carol
Son of Bob Chatchit
Father works for very little as a clerk for a rich banker.
Crippled helpless child, his family has little money and can’t pay for medication.
Tiny Tim inspires the rich banker Scrooge in turning his life around.
David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield
Narrator of the novel, talks about his life growing up.
A naive but loving child who looses his mother.
Is abused as a child
Sent away for defending himself while being beaten.
…The Poor… Dickens creates characters who are poor in a heroic roles. The blacksmith The baker Fishermen Corn Merchant These often are more rich in happiness then the wealthy.
Rich banker who has no remorse for those less fortunate.
Scrooge regarding the poor that would rather die then work in the workhouses ,
“If they'd rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.”
Mr. BumbleOliver Twist Selfish Churchman at workhouse where Oliver works. Tells the children… “Cry your hardest now, it opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes and softens down the temper. So cry away. ”
Miss. HavishamGreat Expectations
Adopts a young girl in
order to mold her to break men’s heart. Pip eventually is the victim of her intent.
Mrs. MannOliver Twist
Manager of Oliver's workhouse.
Beats the children and starves them.
FaginOliver Twist Adopts children to become his thief's. Oliver runs away. Fagin later fills one of Olvers only friends Nancy.
Dickens felt a true attachment to his characters. His writings always involved the average man which many can relate to.
"Dickens wrote about greed and debts -- over and over," Timberg says. "He himself was deeply scarred by his father's fecklessness. And then he became a very rich man. And boy, are we in the middle of that now. He wrote about rags to riches, but also about rags to riches to rags."
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