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Compare ‘The Black veil’ by Charles Dickens with the first chapter of ‘Talking in whispers’ by James Watson

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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Compare 'The Black veil' by Charles Dickens with the first chapter of 'Talking in whispers' by James Watson

Important ideas and feelings don't die easily and even survive the transition from one generation to another. Two authors from two different centuries try to communicate the same ideas through their books; they are Charles Dickens, from the 19th century, and James Watson from the 20th century. Both of these authors wrote a book that contains similar characters and ideas, the 'Black veil' by Charles Dickens and 'Talking in whispers' by James Watson. How people cope when presented with adversity are the main ideas included in the novels. 'The Black veil' is about a surgeon in 1860, after recently establishing a medical business is approached by a woman in a Black veil that asks him to save a doomed man's life. The surgeon still not fully understanding the situation agrees to help but is in for and unpleasant surprise.

Different in storyline but similar in themes and ideas 'Talking in whispers' is about a man of 16 years old, Andres, up recently losing his father to the secret police, struggles to deliver evidence of the Juntas brutality, with the help

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