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How do Bronte and Dickens present the experience of being a child in the 19th century?

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Hugo Price How do Bronte and Dickens present the experience of being a child in the 19th century? Bronte and Dickens present the experience of being a child in the 19th century through many different techniques. One these techniques being the way that the writers show everything through the childrens eyes this is effective because it shows how everything seems big and imposing to all children. There are obviously major differneces between todays childrens treatment and that of the Victorian times, one of the most prominent of these is how the children are treated at school the discipline is very important and the freedom of speech we have come to treat as normal. Also the actual teaching is based upon the facts "Stick to facts" and the points of view from the children was not allowed. ...read more.

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When the children had performed a deed which warranted a punishment they would be chastised and also adults used the church and religion to punish them "God will punish you" and "something might come down the chimney to fetch you away", this is aimed to scare the children into thinking they will not go heaven. When Jane gets sent to the "red room" she has obviously done something very wrong in Mrs. Reed's eyes, when Jane is left on her own in the room the way that Dickens shows us how terrifying it was for her by making everything seem enormous "massive pillars" and "large windows" he also describes the colours vividly "deep red, mahogany, crimson" all colours associated with blood thus scaring her even more. ...read more.

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Pip's case seems even worse when we listen to Dicken's description of Mrs. Gargery "she had such a redness of skin that I used to wonder whether she washed herself with a nutmeg grater instead of soap" it is this first impression which lets the reader know how she will act even before she does so. Pip also describes how he is washed "she pounced on me, like an eagle on a lamb" This suggests that Pip is the prey and his sister is a predator pouncing on him. "kneaded and towelled", kneaded is usually a word which is associated with cooking so Mrs. Gargery is handling Pip like a un-feeling object. In conclusion both Bronte and Dickens show how hard it was to be a child growing up in the Victorian times especially by the general treatment of the children by adults. ...read more.

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