A Charles Dickens Biography Essay

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Charles Dickens', author of "A Christmas Carol", career as a fictional writer started in 1833 when his short stories and essays came out in the newspaper. His Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers were published in 1836. In the same year he married. Dickens's was able to write new novels every month including Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickelby, and of course A Christmas Carol. Dickens often used his own personal experiences of work and life in the factory and out. Dickens spent much time traveling and expressing his views on things. He gave talks and readings, wrote pamphlets, plays, and letters. In 1844-45 he lived in Italy, Switzerland and Paris. He gave lecturing tours in Britain and the United States in 1858-68. From 1860 Dickens lived at Gadshill Place, near Rochester. He died at Gadshill on June 9, 1870. Dickens states that London in Scrooge’s world A Christmas Carol is “Foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the outside courtyard go wheezing up and down…” This was most likely because London used lots of coal for heat, food, and industrial purposes; every house in London would have had chimneys and coal fired ovens. He also says “The City clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already: it had not been light all day: and candles flaring in the windows of the neighboring offices, like ruddy smears upon palpable brown air.” This part tells us that the air was so dense and thick that the blackness of the burnt coal floats around causing thick clouds of smog that darken the sky and blocked rays of light from the sun. Britain from the 1780s to the 1870s was the richest and most powerful nation in the world, the first industrialized country, the most rapidly built-up region, and the nation with such a financial, political and cultural life that it was looked up to by others. Dickens gives a small but very accurate description of the what the conditions in the 19th century London were like in A Christmas Carol.A Christmas Carol is about Ebenezer Scrooge, a “miserly” old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work and for lazy people to expect free money. He doesn't believe in all of the “good cheer and charity” that the season promotes, and he makes sure everyone knows it. At night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business associate, Jacob Marley, a man who was as greedy and cold as Scrooge is. Marley warns Scrooge that if he continues to live so selfishly, he will spend eternity wearing the chains that his greed has built. Three ghosts visit Scrooge: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show Scrooge his mistake in caring more about money than people. Scrooge is frightened by what he sees of his future life and promises to change his ways....

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