Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol's Life

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Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born February 7th, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. His family was poor because his dad did not know how to manage money and went to Marshalsea Prison because of debts when Charles was 12. This forced him to work at a blacking warehouse to support the family. This was his worst but most influential experience; later through his speaking and writing, Charles became a vigorous and influential voice of working class people.
At age 15, Charles Dickens worked as an office boy at an attorney office to support the family again. This is where he started to become a writer. A year later he worked as a freelance court reporter and a few years after that, he worked as a parliamentary and newspaper reporter. His first work,
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No warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect.” (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
This excerpt depicts Scrooge’s personality. A simple way to paraphrase this excerpt is nothing in the world could warm Scrooge’s heart. He was bitter and harsh like that of the coldest winter storm you can imagine.
Tale of Two Cities was another one of Charles Dickens major novels. This book actually consists of three books. I found the excerpts below to be key to the book and the era.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles
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