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Prose Assignment- Charles Dickens - "A characters description clearly shows the kind of life they have led and the person they have become"

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GCSE Prose Assignment- Charles Dickens "A characters description clearly shows the kind of life they have led and the person they have become" This statement suggests that in a story the description of each character gives some hints towards there past and present self. I agree with this statement because most stories whiles describing a character for the first time may hint towards there past using word play or threw what they may be wearing or doing at that time. Although, this is not entirely true as some stories may not hint towards anything to do with there past at all, you might say there starting a fresh. One author who does this a lot in his books is Charles Dickens. In this essay I am going to write about three different characters from some of his books where this has been used significantly, these are: "Captain Murderer" from The Commercial Traveller Short Stories and "Miss Havisham" and "Magwitch" from Great Expectations. First of all is "Captain Murderer" from The Commercial Traveller Short Stories book. As soon as the story begins it starts to describe what the character used to be like, it says: "The first diabolical character...", diabolical comes from the Spanish word Diablo which means devil, this means that he has a devil like nature about him, cruel and evil. ...read more.

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clock in the room had stopped at twenty minutes to nine.....It was then I began to understand that everything in the room had stopped, like the watch and clock, a long ago. I noticed that Miss Havisham put down the jewel exactly on the spot from which she had taken it up" there it says that she had put the jewel in exactly the same spot from which she had picked it up, this proves it even further that she does not want to let go so keeps every little thing as it was long ago. To do all this she must be really depressed with what happened. Another thing she does in her depression is keeps herself in the darkness, with only the light from a few wax candles, it says: "I entered, therefore, and found myself in a pretty large room, well lighted with wax candles. No glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it", she also admits that she had not seen the sun since Pip had been born: "Your not afraid of a women who has never seen the sun since you were born". ...read more.

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It also explains how he is poor and hungry as he steals food from Pip, it says: "The man after looking at me for a moment, turned me upside down, and emptied my pockets" after getting the bread it explains how he eats it: "I was seated on a high tombstone, trembling, whiles he ate the bread ravenously" this suggests that he was extremely hungry and had not eaten in days. Then he tells him to bring him more food and a file, obviously to cut himself free from the iron weight: "You bring to me, to-morrow morning early, that file and them wittles", he knows he is capable of getting them because earlier on he explains that he lives with his mothers sister and a blacksmith. This concludes my essay on three Charles Dickens characters and how they comply with the statement. In conclusion, I do agree with this statement as you can find out an outstanding amount of information concerning the characters past from simple things such as clothing, the way they talk and their actions. Although, this may not be the case with all characters as they may not have much of a past to talk about or they may be starting a fresh. ...read more.

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