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How Charles Dickens Childhood Affected his Writing Throughout his Life It is said that what you learn and experience in your childhood will reflect upon your attitude and actions in the future Charles Dickens who is one of the most popular writers in the history of literature reflected his childhood and his upbringing in most of the works that he wrote He spent most of his childhood in London and Kent both of which appear frequently in his novels In 1824 being only twelve years old he was forced to work in a shoe polish factory This was a big change for him after living an upper middle class life all his life This is one of the experiences that he hated the most in fact it haunted him throughout his life having a sence of humiliation and abandonment He describes similar experiences to those that plagued his mind in his novel David Copperfield which was the story of a boy that missed out on his childhood in exchange for hard labor and plenty of responsibilities In Dickens Great Expectations he gives us a sence of his presence as Pip portraying an image of his younger self In this novel he explores the sence of guilt and shame that had haunted him his entire life as he rose from humble beginnings to success wealth and fame He was giving his novels life by filling them with real emotions that he had carried throughout his young and part of his adult life The later novels he wrote went from the comic tales based one one central character into works of great insight relevance and seriousness In most cases anyway he portrayed part of himself into the characters that filled his popular novels He performed many lectures including one in the United States in 1842 in opposition to slavery which clearly shows that even though he was wealthy by then and didnt really need to
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