In response to the Industrial Revolution of Victorian England during the 18th century, British society found itself at a crossroad regarding what was deemed significant in human life. The Victorian life was grimy, tough and cruel, and it is made prevalent throughout Charles Dickens’ novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’, that a clear distinction is illustrated between that of the wealthy, aristocrats of England, which was paralleled with those who don’t have wealth, but may have happiness. Dickens integrates the use of satire with the intention to evoke change within his audience, which would result in a more equal England in the future. Moreover, the use of multiple literary techniques as well as the further development of characters, of whom reflect stereotypical members of Victorian England society, Dickens is able to exemplify the need for humanity to transform for the good of all. Dickens establishes greed as a major flaw in society, furthermore, Dickens exposes the greater requirement for generosity to be prevalent within humanity.
In this paper, I will analyse Hard Times which is wrote by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Also I will mention about Thomas Gradgrind, imaginary and emotions. Firstly, I will give some information about Dickens’s life and works. Charles was a very prolific author. Also, he was a journalist, novelist, editor, illustrator and social commentator.
As a prolific Victorian writer of novels, plays, novellas, and non-fictional prose including letters, Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) became known all over the world for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose, and his depictions of the social classes, customs and values of his times. Some believed that he was a staunch defender of the working classes and has often been celebrated as a champion of the oppressed and the downtrodden. But it has sometimes been noted that both in his journalism and fiction he expresses attitudes that can be interpreted as racist and xenophobic. He opposed slavery but defended colonialists against their native attackers and opposed suffrage for blacks on grounds of cultural superiority. Questions have been raised as to whether Dickens believed in biological determinism or was instead a cultural chauvinist.
Charles Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of Victoria Era. Throughout his life, he wrote 15 novels (one is unfinished) and crafted complex plots and striking characters that captured the panorama of English society. Meanwhile, owing to his own special experience, he kept his eyes on the real life of children and the poor. Known as the gladiator of the poor, he used his pen as weapon to severely criticize corruption and other dark dimensions of the society. Although UK witnessed a rapid development in Victoria Era, the poor, especially children still lived in bad condition.
Jellyby with another kind of telescopic gaze – that of the two narrators.”(pg86) It is clear that Dickens is satirizing Victorian society and its foolish pride in philanthropy while its own poor suffer. Deborah Wynne then provides us with an interesting outlook in her socio-historical article titled “Reading Victorian Rags: Recycling, Redemption, and Dickens's Ragged Children.” She discusses how rags were ‘transformed’ and were highly useful in this era. She also explains how often rags were used as a metaphor and how Dickens
This is why the tone is critical towards the aristocrats in the story, and empathizes with the peasants and Bourgeois, or middle class. Therefore, Dickens uses a critical tone towards the aristocrats in the story, such as the Monseigneur and Monsieur the Marquis . In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens uses tone to be critical over the aristocrats in the book. One aristocrat that Charles
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Dickens 1). Dickens’ opens A Tale of Two Cities, with this legendary phrase to show a comparison in the superlative degree. As the story progresses the author shows how some concepts such as, sacrifice in the name of love, can have extreme sides to them. Through his wondrous moments of foreshadowing, dramatic irony, the use of parallels, and his ways of playing with suspense, Dickens shows the importance of sacrifice and the selflessness behind it. Additionally, Dickens eloquently demonstrates the irony of how self-sacrifice can actually lead to resurrection within a person.
There are instances throughout the novel that are comparable to Charles’ own experiences, such as one of the characters was put in debtors’ prison just like Dickens’ own father. This informs Dickens’ writing the same as his growing up poor helps him relate to the peasantry class he describes in the novel. Charles Dickens’ own struggles allow him to have a deeper understanding of the cruel aristocracy and the oppressed peasantry at the time of the French Revolution. Charles Dickens had great challenges as a child. He grew up in a family that did not have much of anything.
In 1830’s, crime was a great problem in London. Dickens’s endeavour was not to idealize the London underworld, but to illustrate the real life of thieves and to discourage the poor from turning to crime. Dickens's Oliver was not to describe london but to reveal theives . The macabre in Oliver Twist is also suggested by a horrible murder , a recurring topic that prevades the scene in Dickens's fiction . In the preface to the 1841 edition to Oliver Twist , Dickens admits that he chooses his characters " from the most criminal and degraded of London's population ," and that his purpose for presenting them has a socially corrective direction
The descriptive writing in Charles Dickens novels were a direct reflection of what England's slummy disadvantaged people lived like. Weather was a constant grey as a result of the industrial revolution stirring the society up, both demographicly and geographicly. This made Charles Dickens a bit more unique as he chose to write a story based off of his