The Life and Literary Work of Charles Dickens
According to Sylvere Monod (46-47), much in Charles DickensÆ personal life directly shaped his literary efforts. Indeed, Monod (3) believes that the first 24 years of DickensÆ life shaped his later world view and sensitized him to the plight of the poor, the working class, and the marginalized in British society. This report will consider DickensÆ life, linking his experiences in childhood, college, and later life to his literary works and also examining the relationship between Dickens and other writers of the era.
The thesis to be explored herein is that for Charles Dickens, as Angus Wilson (16-18) has suggested, all of his personal experiences became the fodder for his literary productions. Many of the events of his childhood, youth, and later life would shape the themes of his stories and serve as the basis for many of his characters.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in a small house at 387 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsea. The house was one in a row of attached brick buildings that had been rented by John Dickens three years prior to the birth of his son and though small and modestly priced, John Dickens found it necessary to move his family to a less expensive home at 18 Hawke Street (Johnson, 12-13).
John Dickens has been described by Johnson (13) as a lively, talkative, energetic male who worked as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. Charles Dickens was one of several children born to John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow. The Dickens family experienced periods of poverty and financial decline throughout Charles DickensÆ childhood and adolescence (Monod, 7).
It has been stated that the earliest definite event that had a perceptible influence on Charles DickensÆ development took place on February 7, 1824, when he was only 12 years old. At that time, Charles became a laborer in a blacking factory a few days before his father w...