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Introduction on Charles Dickens.

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Written by Charles Dickens English coursework 2004 By Charles Evered Introduction on Charles Dickens He was born in 1812, his family were very poor, his father who was a clerk in the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth, when he was five years old his family moved to Chatham which at the time was a big Dockyard. At the age of nine he moved again but this time it was to London, because his family were so poor they could not afford to send Charles to school so he taught himself. Charles started work at the age of 11 in a blacking factory helped and taught what to do by a friend named Bob Fagin (who is in Oliver Twist). As a result of being so poor his father went to debtors prison, because his mother could not afford things she joined him going to prison the bailiffs took away all there possessions. His Grandmother died and left money to the family and as a result of this they got out of prison. Charles then went to school as a day boy in Hampstead where he had a 'cane happy' headmaster called Mr Jones. ...read more.


Oliver was very small and helpless with a bundle over his shoulder not tasting anything but crusts of bread. After buying a small loaf of bread in the first village he came to, he could hardly crawl the next day. At the bottom of a hill Oliver waited for a stage-coach to arrive, when one finally did the people inside the stage-coach they made him chase after the stagecoach for one penny. However, he did not do well enough and the half pence went back in their pockets this shows that people were not very kind to homeless people. In other towns there were signs up, warning that 'all persons who begged in this district, that they would be sent to jail'. This scared Oliver he was glad to get clean away from those sorts of towns. But a nice turnpike and a 'benevolent old lady' took pity on him her grandson was shipwrecked in some distant country, she gave him what little she could, this stuck in Oliver's heart and helped him overcome what everyone else was doing. This shows that not all people are mean and unfair to the poor. ...read more.


You can tell they are poor because they shared their tumblers with each other this shows you how poor they are. I think that Fagin is good because he takes the children on, not for the right thing but he is still very kind, he should give the children more money for what they do. I think the boys would not be better of without him, solely because they might have had to eat nothing or sleep in ditches but with Fagin they slept in empty sacks and only eat sausages and bread but its better than nothing at all but its no way near what most people are used to. My view on children in the 19th century is that if they are homeless, they should have no problem with beggars. You never know it could be you or someone close to you who could have a strike of misfortune and end up being a homeless person. I think dickens knows about this because when he was a child he had nothing to do so he could go off exploring anyway when Dickens was working in a blacking factory he was not living in five star hotels. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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