Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. ----- Charles Dickens. Dickens Life Experience.
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annual expenditure nineteen six,
Annual income twenty pounds,
annual expenditure twenty
pound ought and six, result
----- Charles Dickens
Born into a lower middle class withgenteel
pretensions ( his father being fond of living beyond
his means, was imprisoned);
child labour at a blacking warehouse
The strenuous – and often cruel – work conditions
made a deep impression on Dickens, and later
influenced his fiction and essays, forming foundation
of his interest in the reform of socio-economic and
Junior clerk in a lawyer’s office at 15
(familiarity with lawyers & criminals);
journalist at the age of 20 (better knowledge
of the society)
Pickwick Papers seralized in 1836- 37
death out of overwork in 1870
Integration of experience & imagination
Dombey and Son(1846- 48): criticism of arrogance & coldbness (money)
David Copperfield(1849- 50): autobiographical,
child’s psychology, character portrayal;
Bleak House(1852- 53): delay of law, gloomy tone
Hard Times(1854): class struggle– mutual help;
Little Dorrit(1855- 57): bureaucracy
exploration of man’s inner conflicts
A Tale of Two Cities(1859): selflessness;
Great Expectations(1860- 61): praise of
Our Mutual Friend(1864- 65): criticism of
corruption & selfishness in the society
a. Dickens was praised for having described
London “like a special correspondent for
b. Dickens’ role in the development of Victorian
he was more dramatic than realistic (his
heightening & stylization)-- “Every writer
of fiction, although he may not adopt the
dramatic form, writes, in effect, for the
Dickens is rather dubious about the labour union and revolution. He emphasizes education, but does not propose any concrete plans.
Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It was first publishedin serial form in the publication All the Year Roundfrom 1 December 1860 to August 1861.
It has been adapted for stage and screen over 250 times
She is not satisfies with her marriage with a
blacksmith, so she hoped Pip might lead a more
Silent and Kind-hearted man
Pip is an orphan while Magwitch is an convict
Pip took some food from his sister’s house and
brought it to Magwitch in the graveyard.
a lady abandoned by her fiancee
She asked Pip to visit her house with the hope
of favoring him
Pip was not favored by Miss Havisham, and
became a apprentice to Joe.
Pip was funded to become a gentleman by one who
would not like to reveal his name.
Pip’s dream was broken when Magwitch returned to England and was arrested by the police.