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Analysis Of The Hanged Man's Bride, The Trial For Murder And Confession Found In A Prison

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Analysis of The Hanged Man's Bride, The Trial for Murder and Confession Found in a Prison

Introduction

Based on my study of Charles Dickens, I have decided to focus upon
three short stories to write about in detail. These are: The Hanged
Man's Bride, written in 1860, The Trial For Murder, written in 1865
and Confession Found in a Prison, written in 1842. To enable me to
understand the stories better and also Dicken's interests and
motivations, I have carried out necessary research on historical,
literacy contexts and other biographical details.

Charles Dickens stories could be said to be a reflection of his own
childhood because of the intensity in which he writes about the
subject - his early years were full of upheaval and uncertainty. He
was born in 1812 into a middle-class family, however, his father was
declared bankrupt in 1824. His family was sent to the Marshalsea
Prison for debtors in London. Charles, however, at the age of 12 was
sent to work in a blacking factory, labeling bottles. He lived in
lodgings in semi-squalor in an attic room. However, his father
borrowed money and Dickens was then sent to a public school called
Wellington House, but the masters were savage and academic standards
were low. Dickens got a job at 15 as a clerk for a law firm and then
later became a freelance reporter. Dickens taught himself shorthand
and became a journalist. This put him in good stead and in 1836-7 he
brought out in serial form The Pickwick Papers. This was very
successful and enabled him to become a full-time writer of novels and
stories by his mid-twenties, his first story was Oliver Twist. He died
in 1870 aged 56 through over-work - he had been on a number of very
successful public readings tours around the country, which drained
him, suffering from stress he died of a stroke. Dickens was fascinated
with the supernatural and attended many séances. A reoccurring theme
within Dickens writing is that of the supernatural such as ghost
stories. These are about good and evil, justice and injustice,
meanness and generosity such as in Scrooge, and love and hate.

Confession Found in a Prison and The Trial For Murder are told in the
first person as if the storyteller has written their account. Whereas
in The Hanged Man's Bride the story is told in the third person, this
being a narrator who is talking about what happened to other people.

In Confession Found in a Prison Charles Dickens has organised the
story as the narrator is in prison awaiting his execution and the
story then goes on to tell the reader how he came to be in this
position.

In The Trial For Murder the narrator opens with a long introduction
about the supernatural and how people feel about it, before he then
goes on to progress with the story, which in itself relates to a
psychic experience.

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