Charles Dickens<br />…<br />Samantha Pinter<br />Professor OwensEnglish 110215 July 2010<br />
Dickens’ Choice of Characters<br />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. <br />
Child Laborer 1800’s<br />Dickens himself worked in a factory as a young child, using this experiences in many of his child characters.<br />
Well Known Child Characters<br />David Copperfield<br />Tiny Tim Oliver Twist<br />
Oliver TwistOliver Twist<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Tiny TimThe Christmas Carol<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield<br /><ul><li>Narrator of the novel, talks about his life growing up.
A naive but loving child who looses his mother.
Sent away for defending himself while being beaten.</li></li></ul><li>…The Poor…<br />Dickens creates characters who are poor in a heroic roles.<br />The blacksmith<br />The baker<br />Fishermen<br />Corn Merchant<br />These often are more rich in happiness then the wealthy.<br />
Dickens Well Known Villains…Wealth &Authority<br />
Ebenezer ScroogeThe Christmas Carol<br /><ul><li>Rich banker who has no remorse for those less fortunate.
Scrooge regarding the poor that would rather die then work in the workhouses , </li></ul>“If they'd rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.”<br />
Mr. BumbleOliver Twist<br />Selfish Churchman at workhouse where Oliver works.<br />Tells the children…<br />“Cry your hardest now, it opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes and softens down the temper. So cry away. ”<br />
Adopts a young girl in </li></ul>order to mold her to<br /> break men’s heart.<br />Pip eventually is the victim of her intent.<br />
Mrs. MannOliver Twist<br /><ul><li>Manager of Oliver's workhouse.
Beats the children and starves them.</li></li></ul><li> FaginOliver Twist<br />Adopts children to become his thief's.<br />Oliver runs away.<br />Fagin later fills one of Olvers only friends Nancy.<br />
Dickens felt a true attachment to his characters.<br />His writings always involved the average man which many can relate to.<br />
"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." <br />
Works Cited<br />Walsh, John. “Dickens of a Time.” The Independent 22, Dec. 2008: 2. Print<br />Yardley, Jonathan. “The Little People.” Washington Post 31, Jan. 2006: C01 Print.<br />Timberg, Scott. "Boom and Gloom, Again; Dickens' stories of greed and poverty speak to the 21stcentury's economic woes." Los Angeles Times 11, Apr. 2009: D.1 Print<br /> <br />Powers, Kathrine A. "Easy Listening for Hard Times." The Washington Post 17, Aug. 2008: T11 Print<br /> <br />Broadberry, Stephen. “A Unified Approach to the International Comparison of Living Standards.” Journal of Economic History 70.2 (2010): 400-427. Print<br />
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