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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1216 words

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

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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.


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.


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.

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