Dickens Essay Topics

The Red Room

Over the last few weeks, we have been studying in detail several pre-1914 horror stories. In particular ones that were written in the period of the Industrial Revolution in England. The Industrial revolution was no doubt a very troubling time for Victorians; dramatic alterations were introduced to major areas of Victorian society. Normality was taken… View Article

Works of Dickens

Compare the roles of institutions in “A Kestrel for a Knave” and the works of Dickens Dickens and Hines use writing techniques to portray their institutions as impoverished and brutal places. Dickens is especially good at this. He can bring places to life with similes and metaphors. Dickens and Hines have added a fiery, tyrannical character… View Article

A Tale Of Two Cities

We learn that the Signal man has seen very disturbing events such as the train crash and the bride dying and what is more troubling is that he seen it coming, throughout the story we see how the signal man opens up to the narrator on how he is troubled and is emphasizing how he… View Article

Learn of Dickens

In his novel, Dickens uses a variety of methods to give the reader an insight into his personal views on education. An important way in which he does this is by ridiculing Gradgrind’s way of teaching. Dickens uses a sarcastic tone in order to do this, which is essential to show the reader how he… View Article

Dickens & education in Hard Times

In Hard times we see two versions of the world of education. The first view is that of Thomas Gradgrind’s and his “model school”. A place where facts are valued and imagination is regarded as unimportant. This is the utilitarian view. The second view is contrasted with the utilitarian view and is that of Mr… View Article

Charles Dickens

In The Signalman, however, speed is conveyed through motion used in the story, mostly by the travelling train. Once again, the opening of the story uses dialogue, and all is written in first person creating immediacy and close tension. And though movement is both slow and quick, both speeds are used to create an air… View Article

Miss Havisham

Satis house, where Miss Havisham lives, is seen as gothic and strange. The house had all ‘the windows walled up’ symbolising that Miss Havisham is trapping herself from reality. Dickens also highlights her frailty as if the natural light could ‘struck her to dust’ suggesting that she’s almost vampiric or supernatural, adding to the Victorian… View Article

In the extract where Pip

When Estella is told to play with Pip she feels ashamed to play him because he is of a lower class. “With this boy! Why he is such a common labouring-boy! ” Miss Havisham’s response gives us evidence of how she wants to make Pip feel; she wants to hurt him emotionally. “You can break… View Article

The novel as a whole

  This underlines where the stress in the sentence is and thus its emotions. This is used to great effect with a more dramatic description in ‘It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; mud, mud, mud deep in all the streets’. It is hard not to associate this dramatic use of language… View Article

Great Expectations

Miss Havisham feels such a desire for revenge towards one man, that it forces her to hate the make species, and subsequently want to hurt any man she can, this is seen in Miss Havisham’s targeting of Pip. She knows she can use Estella as her weapon to act out her own vengeful fantasies. Even… View Article

Dickens’ skill

Dickens’ skill is especially shown in his creation of Magwitch. Discuss the convict’s importance both as a key figure in Pip’s life and as a means of criticising society. Dickens uses his skill to make the reader believe that Magwitch is an evil person at the beginning of the novel. Dickens describes Magwitch as seen… View Article

Dickens present as the perfect gentleman

One of the most important themes in “Great Expectations” is the idea of what makes the perfect gentleman. Dickens presents this idea through the adventures of Pip and how he develops his idea of what a true gentleman is. His first image of a gentleman is purely based on what their appearance is, such as… View Article

A Christmas Carol

Throughout Stave 1 and 2 Scrooge has the odd moment where he forgets himself and shows subtle signs of regret as to the way he has lead his life. For instance in Stave 2 when Scrooge is shown images of himself as a child. ‘”A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still…. View Article

The character of Scrooge

    He asks the ghost: “Tell me if Tiny Tim will live… if these shadows remain unaltered by the future, the child will die. ” This shows that Scrooge feels guilty for not giving his clerk more money as he witnesses their way of life. The ghost then takes Scrooge to visit his nephew… View Article

The Character of Scrooge

Dickens suggests that Scrooge is missing out on the fun and games by saying, “that the consequence of his taking a dislike to us and not making merry with us, is, as I think, that he loses some pleasant moments, which could do him no harm. ” This suggests that Scrooge starts to feel a… View Article