Like Shakespeare, another imaginatively fertile and vivacious writer, Dickens created dozens of characters who continue to delight readers today. His ability to invent such living characters was aided by his experience as a newspaper reporter: The job forced him to observe people's looks, words, and manner very closely and then record these observations accurately.Of course, the disposition was already there. Even in childhood, Dickens was fascinated with images — the eternal features of things and people — and his talent for creating comic and grotesque characters manifested itself quite early. Aside from the generous amount of adventure in most of his novels, what draws readers to them year after year, through all the changes of fad and fashion, is the vitality of the characters and the fun — or drama — they give rise to in dynamic episodes.
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