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How Charles Dickens' Personal Views Affected His Works

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Charles Dickens was a 19th Century author, who is commonly referred to as one of the greatest novelists in the world. The stories he has created are some of the most memorable and best loved, and still continue to be read and enjoyed today. Charles Dickens used his novels and short stories as a means to raise awareness of the multiple social issues that divided Victorian London. One of the main issues Charles Dickens focused on was poverty, and successfully reflected the impact it had on society in that period. Through his reflections, Charles Dickens portrayed powerful social and political views that criticized the rich, and argued for the poor.
Charles Dickens was born on the 7th of February 1812, as the second of eight children. When Charles was just twelve years old, his father and the rest of his family, was imprisoned for debt. To help provide more money, Charles was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at Warrens Blacking House. His time spent in the factory served as an inspiration for many of his most famous novels. His early writing career began when he started Sketches of Boz for different magazines. He also wrote Parliamentary debates and articles based on his experiences and observations.
To expose the snobbery of the upper-class, and oppression of the poor, Charles Dickens used Irony. For example in the book A Christmas Carol, the character Scrooge eventually found joy in giving although, through most of the novel he believed that hoarding his wealth would bring him joy. Another example is the book Great Expectations. The convict Pip meets in the marshes at the beginning of the story later ends up being rich and the one to give Pip all his money. His work was presented in weekly and monthly instalments, which were both accessible and affordable for all, so a wider range of people could purchase his works.
In the Victorian period, there were three distinct differences in society. These were the upper-class, who inherited land or investments...


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