• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I am going to discuss how Charles Dickens uses sensation fiction and how it could be linked to the stage

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

I am going to discuss how Charles Dickens uses sensation fiction and how it could be linked to the stage Many Sensation novels were written in the 19th century. Cruelty to children was an issue at the time. Abandoned children starving and sleeping rough. Children as young as five were often sent to work. Working in Dangerous environments for example chimney sweeping. The young children inhaled the soot from the chimneys leading to suffocation and a most certain death. Sensation fiction was written to exaggerate the horrors that had overcome London at the time. Charles Dickens wrote sensation fiction simply because he was disgusted at how people thought it was okay to do reckless things. Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England in 1812 on February 7th. He moved to London at the age of two with his family. ...read more.

Middle

The audience will be sympathetic towards the young boy, Oliver, therefore think about the cruel and abusive lifestyle they live in. Between nine and twelve year old boys, thin and pale, drawing straws at the table. Desperately wanting some more food. Oliver takes the shortest straw and is forced to ask for more. The sensational context of this chapter is essential. The children are eager to get their small portion of gruel although they know they would still be starving afterward. Unfortunate boys staring into their empty bowls desperate for more. ''They could have devoured the very bricks of which it was composed'' This suggests that they are nearing insanity because of starvation. There is an element of pity and sympathy for the orphans. It is made clear to the audience with the exaggeration. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reader knows why he has come to Nancy's chamber 'There's light enough for what I've got to do'' a extract of domestic violence is exaggerated to show how awful and terrifying it must be for women at the time. Rather than improving what the middle class saw as the questionable morals of the able-bodied poor, the Poor Laws punished the most defenceless and helpless members of the lower class. The old, the sick, and the very young suffered more than the able-bodied benefited from these laws. Dickens meant to demonstrate this incongruity through the figure of Oliver Twist therefore Dickens use of sensation fiction had been a success. The relationship between sensation fiction and the stage is that it makes an audience have mixed emotions both happiness as well as sadness but also the exaggeration can be followed up by using a style of brecht in your performance. Reading this story at the time you would be shocked and disappointed at the society you live in. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Oliver Twist section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Oliver Twist essays

  1. How Does Charles Dickens Expose Victorian Society's Awful Treatment of Children of the Poor

    little bundle [...] and another so obliging as to put his hands in his pockets: in order that, as he was very tired, he might not have the trouble of emptying them, himself" (p63). Fagin is very open about his support of individualism, a social philosophy which stresses the importance of the individual above society.

  2. How does Charles Dickens expose Victorian society's awful treatment of the poor?

    When he is being interviewed the board make various comments about his 'nasty trade:' 'boys have been smothered in chimneys before now.' Charles Dickens is pointing out to the reader what went on when people like Mr Gamfield apprenticed young boys.

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    The language is also sensual as it appeals to our sense of smell. Dickens tells us, 'the air was impregnated with filthy odours.' We can see the repetition of the negative adjectives like 'filthy,' 'wretched,' so that Dickens can tell us what he himself felt about the place and uses

  2. THROUGH AN EXPLORATION OF THE WAYS THAT DICKENS PRESENTS OLIVER TWIST, DISCUSS WHAT DICKENS ...

    lamp down on a workman's bench, and gazed timidly about him with a feeling of awe and dread.' Words like timidly, awe and dread are words of fear and it makes the reader empathise with Oliver that little bit more.

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    the day and even half the night and will cost him almost nothing. Oliver's act to ask for more is branded as villainous and unforgivable. He has committed an unpardonable crime and its impossible for anyone to feel a liking for him - "whom nobody can't love"- according to Mr.

  2. How Dickens exposes awful treatment of children

    He describes Gamfield hitting and cursing his donkey leaving you to guess at how we would treat Oliver. He is lucky enough to escape Gamfield and go to The Sowerberrys', where he is still ill-treated. Even though he is treated with slightly more compassion from Mr Sowerberry, Dickens wants you

  1. How suitably does Charles Dickens portrays the misery of the 19th century orphans in ...

    to supply periodically small quantities of oat meal" - This shows us a description of what food they eat . This again arouses our sympathy and shows us that they were deprived of the basic necessities of life and the workhouse din't provide a proper meal to the orphans.

  2. Pre-Twentieth Century Prose - An Interview with Charles Dickens.

    It means that no matter what language you speak, what class you are from or how literate you are you have access to my writings and are able to understand them. What themes have you used in the novel and why?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work