Essays on Charles Dickens

Queer sort of company
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When Louisa asks Gradgrind for his advice Gradgrind answers "I would advise you ... to consider this question, ... simply as one of tangible Fact. " She decides quite quickly to marry Bounderby but later on in the novel she meets James Harthouse. Dickens portrays Harthouse as untrustworthy as Dickens tells the audience using the narrative voice, through a description of Harthouse that, Harthouse "would put no more faith in anything than Lucifer" She ends up falling in love with…...
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My Favourite Book Oliver Twist
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When Oliver was only 9 years old, he'd grown too old for the 'Baby Farm' and was then forced to move to a workhouse. Just like where he previously lived he wasn't fed very well, fed a bit of oatmeal and 3 meals of gruel everyday, an onion twice a week, half a roll every Sunday, however he now had an unlimited supply of water. Here he was forced to work very hard and he had to pull apart rope…...
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Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations”
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Dickens shows how kind-hearted and non-judgemental the young Pip is in the episode in which he brings the convict the file. Firstly, even after the convict has violently threatened Pip ("Keep still you little devil or I'll cut your throat" (p3) Pip still repeatedly refers to him as 'sir'. This shows that the young Pip is respectful to his elders, regardless of their status. This is also shown through his early respect for Joe. "Young as I was I believe…...
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Humiliated by this treatment
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Moving on in the passage Miss Haversham asks Pip to "Call Estella. At the door". Pip says that when Estella eventually comes, he saw that "her light came along the dark passage like a star". Dickens uses similes to illustrate Estella "like a star" which is also a symbolic gesture as starlight is distant and cold and Estella herself can be described as the same, her name in fact means star. Miss Haversham, much to Estella's contempt, tells her to…...
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Using language to portray 19th century London society
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How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in his novel Oliver Twist? Oliver Twist, one of the most inspiring and legendary novels in English literature, is considered by many old as well as contemporary critics to be a satirical novel mocking the Victorian epoch. Written by Charles Dickens one of the greatest novelists of his genre, the story gives us a deep insight into the Victorian England in the 19th century. Charles Dickens gives…...
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Discuss Charles Dickens
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The Victorian era Charles Dickens was brought up in Victorian England. The Victorian era had a major effect on Britain. As it was the times of the industrial revolution, but apart from this, it was a time or great poverty. Many poor people, including children, and also criminals, if not jailed had to work long and hard in workhouse. When Charles Dickens was twelve, he was considered old enough to go to work. He got a job in Warrens boot…...
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The circus in Dickens’ “Hard Time”
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The people in the circus I think the circus are included in the play just to account for the small number of people who are like them and who haven't had their imagination and life taken over by facts. They are colourful and lively, they are described by Dickens as religious as he seems to think they're special, they are also seemed eccentrics and quite weird. They are proved that they aren't normal and have a dysfunctional side as Sissy's…...
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Charles Dickens ‘ Great Expectations’
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In this version I think that David Lean was trying to keep to the novel. He used lots of sound effects and a successful setting to help build the dramatic tension in the first scene. He does this by making the audience feel the actions by using sounds and setting, like the rustling of leaves like someone is behind you and the creaking of trees, that the audience would associate with an the atmosphere being created in the first scene.…...
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Sensation fiction
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I am going to discuss how Charles Dickens uses sensation fiction and how it could be linked to the stage Many Sensation novels were written in the 19th century. Cruelty to children was an issue at the time. Abandoned children starving and sleeping rough. Children as young as five were often sent to work. Working in Dangerous environments for example chimney sweeping. The young children inhaled the soot from the chimneys leading to suffocation and a most certain death. Sensation…...
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Charles Dickens Industrial Revolution
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T he world's most popular author and novelist who belonged to the Victorian era requires no introduction. Charles Dickens is the man behind great novels like, 'Oliver Twist,' 'Hard Times,' 'Great Expectations,' and many other fascinating and insightful novels that are considered, and quite rightly so, works of true genius. The man, himself was a worker in a blacking factory during his childhood. His father was unable to pay off the family debts so young Dickens was left without a…...
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‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens
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How does Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking? Pay particular attention to chapters one and eight and refer to at least three characters. This term we have been reading a book by Charles Dickens called 'Great Expectations'. It has been very interesting to read, especially since Charles Dickens makes his novel extremely descriptive as he makes each one of his characters unique and different. In this essay I will be discussing how Dickens creates characters that are…...
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Background to Charles Dickens
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Dickens writes the novel in the third person which makes the reader picture what is occurring vividly, and this relates to events that Dickens experienced in his own childhood. Also he described the setting of the graveyard as a terrifying place, evoking the reader to have a real sense of tension. We are automatically compelled to feel a sense of pity for Pip, and the emotional dramatisation of the opening scene sees Pip as a vulnerable, lonely and helpless character.…...
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In what way does Charles Dickens win the sympathy of his readers for the children in his novels?”
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A man born in the Victorian era in a working class family and environment, who had to work himself up from a working class child to a well-known figure that he is today. A man that is seen as a literary supreme, he is the senior of all the literary writers of his age. The period and circumstances have lead to the man being seen as a intelligent and unusual man in the field of literary work. Charles Dickens shows…...
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The Theme of Industrialization in Carlyle and Dickens
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The invention of the steam engine and the development of the railways brought England a profound change by proliferating the Industrial Revolution, which created deep economic and social changes by the beginning of the Victorian age. "Hundreds of thousands of workers had migrated to industrial towns, where they lived in horribly crowded, unsanitary housing and worked very long hours -fourteen a day or even more- at very low wages. Employers often preferred to hire women and children, who worked for…...
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The Life and Works of Charles Dickens
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A paper which discusses the life and novels of English author, Charles Dickens.The Life and Works of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was a very well known and loved author for his time. Though his stories contained complex language and include many adult points and key ideas. Most of his works assume the view of a young person growing up. His novels contain many key insights which can only be fully appreciated by those who have already grown up, or those…...
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“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities has long been one of Charles Dickens' most favored books. This book opens in the year 1775 by contrasting two cities: Paris, France and London, England. Throughout this story various characters are "recalled to life", meaning that they have had a new chance at life. Dr. Manette is clearly mad after being in prison for eighteen years. When Lucie, the Dr.'s daughter, and Mr. Lorry eventually nurse the doctor back to a healthy state and…...
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Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
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Introduction Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is probably one of the most unforgettable stories passed down the generations. 'A Christmas Carol', although it is of a different time period still today teaches valuable lessons. In the story, Ebenezer Scrooge begins by having no feelings for anything or anybody. In the end, he changes from his gloomy, dark self. Charles Dickens expresses through a Christmas Carol that kindness can lead to happiness. A Christmas Carol shows how the Christmas spirit and caring…...
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“The Return of the Native” and “Great Expectations”
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A comparative analysis of the universal themes in Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native" and Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" Classic novels usually share in the aspect of universal themes which touch people through out the ages. All types of audiences can relate to and understand these underlying ideas. Victorian novels such as Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations are examples of literary classics that have universal themes. Hardy's tale illustrates the role of…...
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Personal Experience in London
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Joe is a gentleman. He is never rude to anyone and never got angry in the novel even once. The way he behaves which is quiet, polite, kind, sharing and caring is the ways you can tell he is a gentleman. Sometimes, I felt sorry for him that he didn't get more because he deserves a lot more. Joe views Pip as a hardworking and caring person. I say this because Joe knows it will take a long time and…...
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Analysis of Oliver’s True Feelings
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In each of the books, there are instances that contradict the title statement, but on the whole the books seem to follow the pattern set in the title. Historical context, language and point of view all express the ideas behind the stories. When Dickens wrote Oliver Twist, he wanted to exemplify the corruption of a civilized world. When Golding wrote Lord of the Flies, he intended to show the true "darkness of man's heart. " Having been a schoolmaster with…...
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Book Report
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This makes Sikes seem violent and dangerous and it also gives the impression that he is a criminal. Sikes aggressive language was mostly connected to Christianity 'hell's fire' (connotation of hell and sin) hence Dickens was a Christian. Sikes at times would blaspheme God and in the Victorian age, the time the novel was written, language like that was not acceptable, so in order to cover it up Dickens would write a G with a dash alongside it to show…...
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Oliver Twist Request
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WHILE AT THE ORPHANAGE, OLIVER EXPERIENCED A GREAT AMOUNT OF ABUSE. FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE SUFFERING FROM STARVATION AND MALNUTRITION FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, OLIVER WAS CHOSEN BY THE OTHER BOYS AT THE ORPHANAGE TO REQUEST MORE GRUEL AT DINNER ONE NIGHT. AFTER MAKING THIS SIMPLE REQUEST, THE MASTER (AT THE ORPHANAGE) AIMED A BLOW AT OLIVER'S HEAD WITH THE LADLE; PIN DOWN HIM IN HIS ARMS; AND SHRIEKED ALOUD FOR THE BEADLE. CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL, OLIVER TWIST, CENTRES…...
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Mrs. Mann in “Oliver Twist”
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Mrs. Mann is very false and pretends to be very upset when Oliver is leaving. An example of this is when she dabs the corner of her eye. She isn't really upset but she wants to convey that impression to Mr. Bumble. For example - "Mrs. Mann gave him [Oliver] a thousand embraces. " She is incredibly complimentary towards Mr. Bumble and Dickens describes her manner as one of "captivating sweetness". She even, at one point, calls Mr. Bumble "quite…...
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Oliver Twist Character Analysis
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  ' The word parochial is repeated three times to confuse Mrs. Mann, he is trying to put Mrs. Mann down by calling her a 'stipendiary' he act in that way because he is insecure, and to secure Mr Bumble bullies people who are of a lower rank than him, the word aweer is pronounced in a posh accent to make him seem sophisticated. 'The beadle drew himself up with great pride, and said, ''I inwented it. ' Mr Bumble…...
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Oliver Twist As a Narrator
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Oliver Twist (or the Parish Boy's Progress,) is an episodic story, published between 1837 and 1839 in the popular publication; 'Bentley's Miscellany'. Through popular culture the character of Oliver Twist has become an iconic image of childhood and synonymous with the appalling conditions faced by Victorian children. Oliver Twist is the novel's protagonist, which is notable in itself, as Oliver Twist is the first novel in the English language to have a child at its centre throughout. It is interesting…...
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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'Oliver Twist' was written by Charles Dickens, a social critic who was also a writer of the Victorian era. He exposed the nature of society especially the life of the poor and uncared for people like orphans. He has written 'Oliver Twist' so that the human race would know how orphans lived. 'Oliver Twist' depicts realistic characters in society. Dickens' mother died when he was very young; perhaps this is the reason why in his novel most of the people…...
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Oliver Twist Book Review
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In the 19th century England was transforming into a heavy industrialized country. The industrial revolution caused many changes to the people living in rural areas. There was a great exodus from the villages to cities because of rapid industrialization. Many people lost their jobs and had to populate the streets of London. People who lived in the dirty streets of London had little choices in life and many of them joined the criminal world, while others had to cope with…...
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Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist Analysis
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The presentation of Bill Sikes as a villain, in the original text of Oliver Twist and its film adaptation, is very different, with Sikes being portrayed as a more ruthless and remorseless character in the original text. These characteristics of Sikes being a villain are expressed through the way he is presented by Charles Dickens, through the use of language and his various interactions with other characters present in the scene. In the text version of the scene, Sikes is…...
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Nicholas Nickleby Book Analysis
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Charles Dickens wrote many novels, many of which contained serious moral messages about life at the time. He particularly liked to focus on the treatment of children, and Nicolas Nickleby is no exception. It seems likely that the reason so many of his books were focused on the treatment of children is because of his experiences as a child. His father was put in prison when Dickens was twelve and he then had to spend a few years working in…...
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Nancy in Oliver Twist Analysis
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  Rich people should help the poor, by lending them money, opening charities, or they can do another good deed for instance. The thing is that, all human beings are the exactly the same, no more and no less. Nancy meets Mr Brownlow and Rose on the bridge at dark, she has a bad feeling that someone is following her, but she knows that she must carry on and complete her task, which is to help Oliver. Nancy is very…...
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Marley’s Ghost – ‘A Christmas Carol’
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Prose Essay - How is the character of Scrooge influenced by the three spirits and how does Dickens use the three spirits to convey his message? Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol' in 1843, which was published on December 17th of the same year. This novel of spiritual renewal received a joyful welcome from the public. Readers were moved by the story of the delightfully, yet despicable Scrooge, a heartless old miser who undergoes a miraculous rebirth at Christmas time,…...
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“Great Expectations by Charles Dickens charts Pip’s progress from innocent child to snob to true gentleman”
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Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens first serialised in All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. The action of the story takes place from Christmas Eve, 1812, when the protagonist is about seven years old, to the winter of 1840. Great Expectations is written in a semi-autobiographical style, and is the story of the orphan Pip, tracing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood. The story can also be considered semi-autobiographical…...
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Who Wrote Great Expectations?
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Through close analysis of Chapters 1-19 discuss how Dickens' representation of Pip's boyhood in the marshes reflects his views of Victorian England. Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' because he wanted to expose the injustices of the class system and how hard life was for the poor in Victorian England; his book portrays his dislike of a number of aspects of Victorian England. These include Child treatment; poverty; and education. His concerns centre however on the class divide of Victorian England…...
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Frankenstein and Great Expectations
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Atmosphere is what builds up the emotion within the story. Depending on what situation the character of the story is in shows either a positive or negative atmosphere for example, a small boy walking through a dark forest on his own builds up atmosphere of tension. Atmosphere is important in a story because it engages the reader's attention by showing characters emotions and feelings, making the reader feel it also creating that connection between the two. 'Frankenstein' is a gothic horror…...
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Five Pounds and Oliver Twis
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Orphans in the 19th century were children who have had no parents and required special effort to develop and are "left to the tender mercies of churchwardens and overseers. " They were "juvenile offenders", "culprits" who were not shown any mercy. They were mistreated, abused, isolated, bullied and neglected by various sections of society. These children were "pitied by no one", "despised by all," kept "half starved" and were never respected in society. They were the victims of betrayal and…...
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Examine how Dickens uses the characters Pip and Magwitch to explore themes, attitudes and ideas in great expectations
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Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" to display just how unfair the criminal justice system and the class system of his day were. He successfully achieves this by telling the story of two characters caught up in these harsh systems; Pip and Magwitch. Pip is the main character and the book follows him from a small child. This is to get an insight into his life and to help the audience understand and relate with him and his feelings throughout the book.…...
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The Opening and Closing Chapters of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens
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The closing chapter of Great Expectations is sets eleven years after the previous chapter Pip returns to his childhood home, the forge where Joe and Biddy have settled. Before this, Pip had been working abroad in the 'East' with Herbert. This suggests that Pip is now a working man getting on steadily who is able to pay off his debts independently, in contrast to when he was a gentleman who owned money. Pip is delighted to find that Joe and…...
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The More Effective Ending of Great Expectations
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The arousal of emotions through the use of pathos is usually what allows for a writer to give significance to his or her novel. An event or situation that captivates the reader is usually presented or displayed within the final chapter or ending of any novel. Charles Dickens' Great Expectations has two contradicting endings, one of which is more conventional and the other more realistic. The more conventional and up-to-date ending that Dickens was forced to write in order to…...
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Ebenezer Scrooge
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Dickens clearly uses symbolism to describe Scrooge, key words in his descriptions obviously relate to Scrooge being cold and hard. Examples of this are: "The cold within him froze" and "Hard and sharp as flint". Both of these clearly state that Dickens intended for Scrooge to be seen had a Cold and Hard Person. The symbolism of cold and hard can be seen as uncaring and hard-hearted which is also clear in the conversation with the two charity collectors; "If…...
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Analysis of Chapter from Dickens’ Novel Oliver Twist
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The title of the chapter 'Pursuit and Escape' is a cliff-hanger itself, because the title immediately gives you the impression that Bill Sikes escapes, and that is what the whole audience doesn't want, so it makes it more interesting and makes people want to read on and find out if Sikes does escape or not, which is dramatic entertainment. The story itself is gripping, which has many meanings, the book reflects Dickens's life and how he grew up, Dickens was…...
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In what way does Charles Dickens win the sympathy of his readers for the children in his novels?”
...The father tries to protect the child by saying "Good God!' cried Mr Pocket, in an outburst of desolate desperation " Are the infants to be nut crackered into their tombs, an is nobody to save them?" This shows how the father tries to protect his chi...
Who Wrote Great Expectations?
...He makes points that the upper class treats the lower class badly and also shows that this is because the lower class works hard and toil whereas the upper class lie back and relax. He makes numerous points about the lack of good educations amongst t...
Examine how Dickens uses the characters Pip and Magwitch to explore themes, attitudes and ideas in great expectations
...Both men with a kind soul stretched to something they are not by the criminal justice system and the class system. Both of them with ideas and attitudes at certain points that would not resemble their own but are what they had become through almost n...

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