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

In what way does Charles Dickens win the sympathy of his readers for the children in his novels?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

16/2/2002 GCSE Coursework "The novels of Charles Dickens often show children as victims of uncaring, unsympathetic and often brutal adults who are charged with their upbringing and education In what way does Charles Dickens win the sympathy of his readers for the children in his novels?" A man born in the Victorian era in a working class family and environment, who had to work himself up from a working class child to a well-known figure that he is today. A man that is seen as a literary supreme, he is the senior of all the literary writers of his age. The period and circumstances have lead to the man being seen as a intelligent and unusual man in the field of literary work. Charles Dickens shows his uncanny way of making people feel sorry (feel sympathy) for a group or section of a population. For example his usage of words in the way he uses them. "They were very long, very numerous, very hard- perfect unintelligible" This is from the Charles Dickens book David Copperfield and it is being read by David about the work that Miss Murdstone had been giving him. ...read more.

Middle

It describes him as slow and heavy breathing, which could mean he was an alcoholic but at least makes him sound like one. It is the type of words that immediately make you think of the person as nasty, unappealing even evil but at least a general dislike and the effect that Pip does not like him. Also the name of the character you must take note of Pumblechook it brings to my mind a picture of a clown or someone who is not entirely competent at what ever he is doing. All theses ways are ways in which Charles Dickens has made you feel right from the start something odd about uncle Pumblechook even before you met him and heard what he had to say. This is how through exaggeration of description Charles Dickens shows distain for a character. Charles Dickens also uses speech that is not used to a large extent in modern times. It makes you feel very different to how you will feel later. In 'Great Expectations' when he is having a meal with the Pocket family, he bases almost the whole section of his book on the incompetence of a few adults and the unusual intelligence and diligence of a few children. ...read more.

Conclusion

The quote is based at the table and the mothers burst into a fury because of something that her daughter says to protect another from being hurt. " Mama dear' " lisped the little girl " baby ood have put hith eye out." And his was just a general concern froma child to amother to make sure that her sibling was not hurt and the mother comes back with. "How dare you tell me so?" retorted Mrs Pocket "go and sit down in your chair his moment." This shows how she would not accept any suggestions from anyone it doesn't matter how sensible and needed they were, for the safety of her own child. The father tries to protect the child by saying "Good God!' cried Mr Pocket, in an outburst of desolate desperation " Are the infants to be nut crackered into their tombs, an is nobody to save them?" This shows how the father tries to protect his children but she was unable to do enough to protect his children enough. The Author Charles Dickens has tried to show the incompetence of parents and people that have been put in charge of children. This shows in which ways Charles Dickens has show the incompetence of adults in his work. ...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 David Copperfield 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 David Copperfield essays

  1. The Way Education is presented in the Novel David Copperfield

    I redden, tumble over half-a-dozen words, and stop.' ] This resembles how Murdstone has brought the dark cloud of the threat of violence over the family and that if David does not read properly, he will be beaten; this is Murdstone's intended technique for bringing David up. Dickens uses pathetic fallacy, using the world around David to reflect him and his emotions.

  2. David Copperfield - Mr. Murdstone plays an important role as David's step-father

    Murdstone to come down to meet David. This is a different side to Miss Betsey Trotwood as earlier in the story she was disgusted at the fact that her nephew was a boy, but now she accepts David. "I said that I had been more miserable than I thought anybody could" David is expressing his true feelings about Mr & Miss Murdstone.

  1. Compare and Contrast Dickens' treatment of two schoolmasters in David Copperfield and Hard Times.

    What makes him pathetic is the fact that he will only pick on the vulnerable children and he will never venture to touch Steerforth. On Page 89 when Mr. Creakle enters the dining hall everyone falls silent. This shows he has had a huge effect on the boys as most

  2. David Copperfield

    Whenever a problem comes her way, Jane Murdstone will react to it with melodramatic skills. From this she can gain sympathy and concern from Edward. I think she partly does this because she is scared of his dominance which is also used over David and Peggotty not to mention the intimidation used on Clara.

  1. David Copperfield

    ' This is another good technique because we keep reading to know the truth then it just hits us in the face. It's like blowing air into a bubble and it suddenly bursts. ' ''A new one'', said Pegotty. ''A new one?''

  2. Examine how Dickens uses his works to make a comment on the society in ...

    However, in 'David Copperfield', the situation was completely different; 'I learnt at home. Shall I ever forget those lessons.' This quote suggests that David was taught in a very relentless way. 'Shall I ever forget' highlights that this painful memory will always be with him, whether he likes it or not.

  1. About Charles Dickens

    Dickens finally came up with a way to use it in 1857, when he acted in Wilkie Collins' play, The Frozen Deep. Dickens played a self-sacrificing lover in the play; this role inspired him so much that he wanted to use it in his own novels.

  2. Full Synopsis of David Copprfield.

    During his second term David learns that his mother has died in childbirth, and that Peggotty has been sacked. She accepts Barkis's proposals of marriage. David, meanwhile, is promptly removed from Salem House and put to work in Murdstone's warehouse.

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