A Tale Of Two Cities - Analysis

A Tale Of Two Cities - Analysis - HIS 1000C Professor M....

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HIS – 1000C Professor M. Matthews A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens SYNOPSIS Charles John Huffman Dickens was born on February 7 th , 1812. Dickens was considered the leading English novelist of the Victorian Era. Considered as one of the English language’s greatest writers, he was known for his rich storytelling and memorable characters that were significantly different due to the plots. Twelve year old Dickens began working ten hour days in Warren’s boot blacking factory in a small town where he earned six shillings a week pasting labels on the jars of thick polish; this money that he acquired helped pay for his family’s lodgings and survival. In May 1827, Dickens began working in the office of Ellis and Blackmore where he acquired a job as a law clerk. It was here that he gained his detailed knowledge of the law and the peasants suffering at the hands of many injustices. In 1834, Charles Dickens became a political journalist reporting on parliamentary debates and traveling across Britain to cover election campaigns for the Morning Chronicle . His journalist experience became the first step in his publishing by leading to his first novel The Pickwick Papers in March 1836. Dickens was keen on his perceptiveness, intimate knowledge, and understanding of the people throughout his
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years writing distinct ground breaking novels. On April 2 nd , 1836 he married Catherine Thompson Hogarth and had ten children with her. Many new relatives and family members became the characters in some of his published works. His success as a novelist continued with the works such as Oliver Twist , Nicholas Nickleby , The Old Curiosity Shop , and Master Humphrey’s Clock . All these works were usually published in monthly installments and were finally gathered later on in his life. As Dickens traveled the United States and Canada with his wife, he grasped the stories of many cities and produced dynamic stories like American Notes and A Christmas Carol . His travels to Europe were also marked by his novels Dombey And Son , David Copperfield , Bleak House , Hard Times , Little Dorrit , and A Tale Of Two Cities . Charles Dickens was incidentally part of the infamous Staple Hurst Crash and his published works were diminishing year after year. He completed Our Mutual Friend but couldn’t finish his unpublished novel The Mystery Of Edwin Drood . The effort and passion that Dickens put into these works was also thought to have contributed to his death. The time and patience spent over these novels were terminated when he suffered a stroke on June 9 th , 1870. Contrary to his wish to be buried in Rochester Cathedral, he was laid to eternal rest in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey . The inscription on his tomb reads, “He was a sympathizer to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England’s greatest writers is lost to the world”. Dickens writing style is extravagant and poetic. His satirical works were primarily directed to the British
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