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Charles Dickens

Discuss Dickens use of descriptions of clothes, actions and voices to help the reader imagine a character.
Dickens draws his characters in bold colourful strokes. Pip himself is somewhat colourless hero: he's not a source of the action but a witness to the colourful events and people who almost thrust themselves into his life.
EX 1: The convict jumps at him, turns him upside and changes his life
forever by becoming a father-like figure for Pip.
EX 2: He was enjoying his life until one day miss Havisham asks for him
and then changes his life completely by introducing her niece Estella and
then trying to break his heart when he falls in love with her.
Pip is an innocent victim from lower class and doesn't know how to deal with the situation he is in. He is sensitive and loving, but is deeply affected by the harsh circumstances of his environment.
EX: He is poor, but not until he meets Estella who he's in love with, does
he realise his social status. Just because of this girl, he has great desire of
becoming a gentleman. However, he doesn't know how to deal with the
situation, either about his love for Estella or how to become a gentleman.
Pip is a developing character in the book. We know that he is a complicated or "round" character because he is a mixture of good and bad qualities, while Mrs Joe is a "flat" character, whose single characteristic is to be a cruel and evil sister for Pip. However, Pip is the only"bold" character in the book who is not described physically. Dickens reveals his thoughts. This is because the book is set on Pip's point of view. This makes us develop a character of Pip as we read on. Inchapter I Dickens tells us about Pip's background. He's living with his evil sister and Joe because the rest of his family

Books and Movies Reviews

Charles Dickens

Something about Charles Dickens and his ability to take his reader to unbelievable places
with his imaginative powers allows him the honor of being the most popular English
novelist of the 19th century. Dickens has thrilled his readers for many years with his
down-to-earth stories about real people forced into real situations. Charles Dickens has
the ability to tell his stories from personal experiences. He fine-tuned his ability to tell his
own story through the life of another character or cast of characters.
Born on the evening of February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second child of his
parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens.. Although he was a solitary child, Dickens was
observant and good natured . Looking back on this period of his life, Dickens thought of it
as the golden age (Carey 6). In thefirst novel that he wrote, The Pickwick Papers,
Dickens tries to bring back the good old times as he remembers them with their
picturesque nature. Gary Carey believes that this novel displays the happiness of innocence
and the playful spirit of the youth during the time of Dickens’s youthful days (7).
Overtaken by financial difficulties, the Dickens family was forced to move into a
shabby suburb of Camden Town. This move must have shown the family how good they
had it back in Chatham. There Dickens was removed from school and forced to work
degrading menial jobs in an effort to help his struggling father put food on the table.
Dickens was put to work in a blackening factory among many rough and cruel employees,
probably the worst job in town. Shortly after Dickens started working in the factory his
father was thrown into jail for failure to pay his debts, only to be released three months
later. This period of time affected Dickens greatly as he went into a period of depression.
He felt abandoned and destroyed by this evil roller-coaster ride of life he was on. From…

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