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Treatment of the hildren in Dickens' novels

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How has the treatment of Victorian children by Adults been portrayed by Charles Dickens in his novels? Charles Dickens was born on 8th of February 1812 in Landport, Portsmouth, England. He experienced a bad childhood as from the age of twelve he worked in a run-down factory and disliked it very much. The hardships of children are a big theme in some of his novels and this is due to his experiences working in the factory. Charles Dickens has been the author of some of the most famous titles every written, including A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. David Copperfield was written by Charles Dickens and was published in 1850. The novel is based loosely on Dickens's life as he too was put to work at a young age. The story is narrated in the first person view, with Charles Dickens as David. The story focuses on David Copperfield, a young boy whose family is dying around him and his mother who has just remarried. ...read more.


In the novel, David is being tutored from home and before his mother remarried, he was taught by her and he enjoyed getting educated. However, after her marriage, Mr. Murdstone taught David along with his sister. David hated having to be taught by the Murdstones and he described the lessons as being "miserable". If he made a mistake or tripped over a word, he was frowned upon by both Murdstones and was sometimes beaten; Mr. Murdstone comes out of his chair, takes the book, throws it at me or boxes my ears with it. David recalls of one morning where he arrived in the parlour ready for work, when he saw Mr. Murdstone with a cane, "Poised and switched in the air". We find out that on this occasion, David slipped up on many words and made many mistakes. Mr Murdstone then took him out of the room where his mother was in tears. David tried to struggle from him but it was no use so he bit him, "I caught the hand...between my teeth, and bit through it. ...read more.


"Lord bless my soul!....Why, a chop's the very thing to take off the bad effects of that beer!". He then took up a chop and a potato, and began to help himself. He ate a further two chops and two potatoes, to David's delight as he thought he was helping him from suffering the same fate as the man who died from the Ale. After that, the waiter delivered David a pudding and enquired if it was a batter pudding, seemingly his favourite pudding, to which David replied it was. The waiter then took up his table spoon and started a contest to see who would get the most. However being equipped with a table spoon and David having only a tea spoon, the waiter won easily. David then enquired, with all of his youthful innocence, how much it would be appropriate to tip a waiter. The waiter then began to cry and told David dubiously that he slept on coals and he had a large family who were not well. David then gave him a shilling and the waiter stopped crying abruptly, as if nothing was the matter in the first place. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Killen S2B ...read more.

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