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Influences in life can have an affect on someone forever These influences can be a curse or a blessing Charles Dickens for example used influence from his early life as a blessing to add substance and character to his writings However there was a price to pay for this blessing Dickens early life was very traumatic and would affect him for the rest of his life Charles Dickens was born on February 71812 the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens John Dickens was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office It was a good job that allowed the family a relatively comfortable life Charles started school during this period he focused soley on reading Dickens would always immerse himself in books When not reading books he spent his time in the local woods This was a happy time for the young Dickens This perfect situation did not last long His father wasnt very good with finances When Dickens was 10 years old his father became heavily in debt the family was forced to pick up and move to the poorest part of London They moved there to accommodate his fathers debt Soon his father was sent to Marshalsea a debtors prison For the exception of Charles the whole family went to prison He was soon forced to discontinue his schooling So during this time Charles found work at Warrens Blacking Factory For the first six months the family broke up for a short time Dickens worked all day and at night he visited his father The misery of this time would greatly effect his works in the future His brief time here haunted him all his life This dark secret became a source both of creativity and of many themes This past is mainly found in the novel David Copperfield and in Great Expectations In 1824 when Charles was 12 years old his father rescued him from the slums of this works So
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