Accordingto the above explanation, Charles Dickens was one of the leading Victoriannovelists who produced many novels and short stories.
His talent as a novelistbegan to look as he worked as a reporter. Some of his work is influenced by thegreat events that occurred at the time. Much of Dickens’s work is a novel thattells the life of the people of that era and also his personal story. Thesethree things are discussed in this essay because Charles Dickens was a giftednovelist who had a big part in the development of Victorian literature throughhis good works.Ifwe relate Charles Dickens’s work to the historical background of the age, wecan say, his work was the reflection of the social circumstances. The first, aswe know in Victorian times, many major changes, from the quiet state of thecountry until technology, despite the war in some countries that did notdisturb the state of England at the time.
This caused Charles Dickens to writefreely, quietly. But, the revolution is still felt and diminishes over theyears. Second, because of the industrial revolution, many printing companiesemerged.
It made Dickens easier to produce his work on a large scale in thattime. Therefore, the work of Dickens can be famous as a result of the manybooks that he spread. In addition, the existence of “The GreatExhibition” in 1851 also became one of the supporters to spread his worksin that era. However, due to the emergence of this industrial revolution,society is divided into two groups. Upper class and lower-middle classes. Dueto the differences of class, often upper class oppresses the upper class orgroup intimidation.
So the topic is often discussed by Dickens about the socialstate of society. Third, because of the intellectual development, the people inthe Victorian age were very hungry of knowledge and result of that many bookspublished in order to satisfy curiosity from society. Therefore the work ofDickens became more famous.Asa writer, Dickens began his career by writing an opinion and a short story inseveral magazines. Because he wanted to be independent, then Dickens foundedhis own magazine in the 1850s namely “Household Words” and “Allthe Year Round”.
The contents of the magazine contained some of the worksof others and writings from Dickens himself. Dickens’s first novel Sketches (1836) was published by Boz. In 1837 Dickens brought out hiswork again “Pickwick Papers”.His one work was considered to represent his humor and was acceptable to boththe public at the time. The next work is “Oliver Twist” (1838) with the theme of poverty, social class,and violence that happened at that time (Wikipedia).
Other famous works fromCharles Dickens such as Nicholas Nickleby(1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop(1840-1841), Barnaby Rudge (1841), American Notes (1842), The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), MartinChuzzlewit (1843-1844), Dombey andSon (1846-1848), David Copperfield (1849-1850),A Child’s History of England (1851- 1853),Bleak House (1852-1853), A Tale of Two Cities (11 July 1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870). But “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (1870) hasnot finished because he has left this world forever (Wikipedia).Dickenswas born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth. He was a son of a family withdifficulties in economy because of his father’s carelessness in managingfinances. When Dickens was 12 years old, he was sent to work in a dirty grassydirt house.
This is what makes his hopes doomed to a decent education. However,after his father got out of jail he was able to continue his education again. However,after his father left the prison he started school again. Early in his career, he worked at a law firm.
But according to him, the law is not very compatible with him. And then, He startedto become a reporter. Dickens began work as a reporter at True Sun (1830-1832),Mirror of Parliament (1832-1834), and The Morning Chronicle (1834-1836) and hewas known as an accurate and fast reporter.
InVictorian times, there were so many novelists who had great influence at thisage. One of the great writers of the Victorian age is Charles John HuffamDickens or we know Charles Dickens. He has many works especially novels andshort stories that are very global. Because of his outstanding contributionsand genius in literature, he deserves to be called “The Best British Novelist”and he is actively involved in social work (Wikipedia).
As one of the greatfigures in the literary world, this essay will discuss his life, his work andhow his work is influenced by his historical background at the time.