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Dickens, Writing and Social Injustice

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Published 20 April 2012

Dickens, Charles Dickens, Charles John Huffam Dickens. Who?

You may have read his books or seen the films: A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Oliver Twist... The last one was turned into a fabulous musical, "Oliver". They're thought-provoking, social commentaries of times gone by. They're easy to read and you should read them if you haven't. They tell of social injustice and criticize the staus quo of the Victorian period. They're favorites on book lists in schools in the English-speaking world. They take you back to another era and without really realizing it....you're there.

Dickens had a lot to say. And a lot of what he said came directly from personal experience. He spent considerable time wandering the streets of London, seeing characters who would later appear in his writing, feeling their plight and developing his own satirical style. And as he aged, the characters multiplied until they were all around him, everywhere, in his thoughts and day-dreams.
Among the innumerable sites to visit when you go to London is Dickens' house. It's
a small place, off the beaten tourist track, with some memorabilia and a great film of his life. I think this picture says it all. He was a thinker, a satirist, an historian, a writer. And when he slept or when he day-dreamed, he was transported to his fictional, or more likely true-to-life world. He's left an indelible mark.


turned into: fue transformado en
times gone by : tiemos pasados
wandering: vagar sin rumbo, andar
plight: mala fortuna
day-dreams: ensoñaciones
sites: lugares
off the beaten track: fuera del circuito turístico
more likely: más probable
true to life: verdadera

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Leticia (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Though it's been more than a century ago since his death, I can still "see" Dickens around us in his books as what he wrote about his time I think continues to be true nowadays (class struggle, child labor). Reading this books and visiting his house can bring us closer to his time (and therefore to ours) and maybe ponder about the importance of doing something as a society to call a halt to the problems we are facing today already existing back then. I'd love to visit his house, without any doubt, a wonderful legacy. Thanks Wendy for the picture. It says it all!

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