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1 Charles Dickens

2 What can we learn from Dickens and his work?
How can we apply what we learn to our lives today?

3 Family Life Father – John Dickens Mother – Elizabeth Barrow
Father was a Navel clerk Financially comfortable and then destitute Parents were sent to a Debtors Prison

4 Dickens’ early years Family imprisoned for debt
Young Charles forced to work in shoe factory: Warrens Blacking Factory Mostly self-educated – erratic schooling In 1827, he took a job as a legal clerk He then worked as a reporter in courts and in Parliament

5 “Dickens’ greatest friendship was, from the beginning, with his audience.”

6 Married Life and Family
Katherine Hogarth: not a happy woman 9 children Mistress: Ellen Turner- London Actress Spent much of his time in London Not a good family man Settled down to comfortable, married, middle class life

7 Charles Dickens

8 Early Writing Career He wrote short humorous sketches with pictures by Boz which became known as Pickwick Papers Became famous in a short period of time and wildly popular among devoted readers awaiting his next installment Gave numerous public readings for $$$, worldwide

9 Success as a Novelist Nickolas Nickleby 1839 Oliver Twist 1839
The Old Curiosity Shop 1841 Barnaby Rudge 1841 Martin Chuzzlewitt 1843 Dombey and Son 1849 David Copperfield Bleak House 1853 Hard Times 1854 Little Dorritt 1857 A Tale of Two Cities 1859 Great Expectations

10 Major Themes in Dickens’ fiction
Loneliness of childhood Oppression of poverty Uncertainty of love and marriage Indifference of social institutions Sustaining joy of family life Perseverance and sacrifice in face of untold hardships and injustice Many autobiographical links between life and writings of Dickens

11 Themes Docks Aristocracy- wealth, rich, land and power
Child labor- Oliver Twist Family life Lost love and unattainable women Dickens’ main characters greatly resemble himself and his life

12 Most famous successful work
A Christmas Carol Enduring holiday favorite Amusing elements of supernatural, melodrama, humor, and pathos Extremely optimistic tale of redemption for Ebeneezer Scrooge, archetypal miser Remains a sentimental classic

13 Twilight of Dickens’Career
Our Mutual Friend The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished when Dickens died suddenly from a stroke in June, 1870 His death was mourned by thousands when he was buried at Westminster Abbey five days after his death

14 “In all of English literature, his creativity is rivaled only by Shakespeare's.”

15 The Victorian Period Queen Victoria 1819-1901
At the age of 18 Victoria inherited the throne, she reigned for 64 years “The sun never sets on the Queen’s empire” the power and influence of Britain around the world She died a lonely ruler

16 The Industrial Revolution
Villagers moved to the cities = factories = jobs= smoke= pollution = backbreaking labor= death vs. luxury side by side with poverty “It was the best of time; it was the worst of times. Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

17 London and the Times

18 Dickens and Christmas The first Christmas Card, Tree and Holiday Traditions

19 A sad ending Dickens, who had been in declining health since 1866, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried in the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey in London


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