Charles Dickens: The Values Of The Victorian Age

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Literary Context
The values of the Victorian Age were best represented by one literary genre: the novel. A typical novel usually had a omniscient narrator and characters central to the plot, which was long but linear. It was both a really valid instrument to interpret the human condition and entertainment to the middle class reader.
Novels were very successful, firstly because more people could and wanted to read, also because since they started to be published in installments in newspapers they became less expensive, so more accessible to everyone, and created an ongoing interest in the plot.
Victorian writers can be divided in three categories: the early Victorians, the mid Victorians and the late Victorians.

The early Victorians include William Makepeace Thackeray, who portrayed the upper-middle class as a cruel, ruthless society and Elizabeth Gaskell, who described the conflicts between workers and employers in industrial towns, but Charles Dickens is one of the most famous and outstanding authors from that period and is an example of an early Victorian writer. In his novels he often used realism as a way to deal with problems like poverty, homelessness and bad education. Despite these themes, his novels had almost always a happy ending, where good triumphs over evil.
Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire in 1812, but grew up in London, where he was sent to work in a factory at the age of 12. His education was given to him by the factory owner, who was a friend of his
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