Charles John Huffam Dickens
The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901.
Culturally there was a transition away from the rationalism of the Georgian period and toward romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts.
The Victorian era was a time of unprecedented demographic increase in Britain.
Popular forms of entertainment varied by social class
Charles John Huffam Dickens, born on 7 February 1812 and died on 9 June 1870, was an English writer and social critic.
He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers.
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood and he died the next day.
THEME OF EDUCATION
Dickens was the first to introduce the theme of education
When he was a child he was forced to work
Negative and pessimistic view of the society
IN OLIVER TWIST orphanages in which children had hard regulations
IN DAVID COPPERFIELD he was educated with violence with hard rules
Great change of society
Great increase in population‘’mushrooms tows’’
New tecnnologies and invention:
Spinning mule by Samuel Crompton;
Abraham Darby invented the smelting of iron;
James Watt’s engine ( machinery for cloth-making);
The story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. David was born in Blunderstone, Suffolk, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in 1820, six months after the death of his father ....
“There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.”
The Plight of the Weak
Equality in Marriage
Wealth and Class
David Copperfield and Oliver Twist
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Time and places
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In this book David Copperfield, when he is adult and is becoming a writer, describes his life from his birth in 1820 to his adulthood.
Autobiographical Elements of David Copperfield
At a surface level it is easy to notice that even the name of the main character, David Copperfield, has the inverted initials of its author, Charles Dickens.
Various versions of Dickens’s parents surface in the novel.
David’s pretty young mother, was inspired by Dickens’s mother
Oliver Twist was born in 1830 in England by unknown mother. He lives in an orphanage and later in a workhouse until he decides to run away. Welcomed by a band of thieves is forced to work as a criminal. After a theft and after being accused is greeted by Mr. Brownlow. One day when the child was going to the city is again kidnapped by Fagin’s gang and he was given a new mission in which he was wounded. The child is welcomed by the Maylies and lives in their home during the summer. One day the grandson of Mrs. Maylie is made aware of the plan that Fagin (with another boy) wanted to do to recover the child. Finally the Maylies and the Brownlows meet and finally emerge all the truths and the mysteries of Oliver’s life.
The Artful Dodger
Time: Dickens sets Oliver Twist in early 19th-century
Place: The story is set in England
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