Charles Dickens & Victorian Era

By: Sara Lawrence, Celina, Trevor & Peyton

Who is Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was a British novelist born on February 7, 1812. He was born in Portsmouth, England in the United Kingdom. He is famously known for his writings, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby and many more. 58 years later on June 9, 1870, Dickens passed from a stroke. His final novel was, Mystery of Edwin Drood, which unfortunately was unfinished due to his passing away.

How was he beneficial to English Literature?

  • His famous writings continue to influence even in today's modern society

  • Many plays are being produced due to his writings

  • Auctions are being hosted over findings he once obtained.

  • As Dickens aged, his writings only became more profound.

  • He inspired those in poverty to aspire for more in life.

What’s his background?

Charles Dickens was one of eight children. His father, John Dickens was naval clerk who always dreamt of striking rich. His mother, Elizabeth Barrow, had aspirations to become a teacher. Though they aspired so much and remained poor, they lived a happy life. Charles and his siblings were allowed to roam the countryside freely. In 1822, the Dickens family moved to Camden Town. This neighborhood was known for being poor and not well maintained. This was a weaker time in Charles family life. Due to debt, at the age of 12, charles was left stranded as his father was sent to jail. His father's imprisonment, sent Charles out of school and work. He had to work in a rundown boot-blacking factory for a long while. Eventually, Charles aspirations grew beyond what he was offered and he began to write.

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Interesting Facts

  • He was second of eight children

  • His father dreamt of striking rich

  • His mother aspired to become a Teacher

  • His family remained poor

  • In Dickens house was a hidden door that was in the form of a bookcase

  • During public readings, Dickens would consume two tablespoons of fresh rum with fresh cream for breakfast and a pint of champagne for tea.

  • During an auction in 2009, an ivory toothpick used my Charles Dickens was sold for $6,000.

What is the Victorian education system?

As the world grew more complicated and the opportunities for illiterate children became even slimmer, the need for day schools became increasingly evident. The main types that were born from this were Ragged, Parish, and Church schools. Ragged schools originated from small classes teaching children to read the bible and quickly grew to encompass thousands in various different schools. There was also the opportunity of apprenticeship in this society. In an apprenticeship, a young person would study with a master of a trade they were trying to work in for a fixed term. However, those that could not earn an apprenticeship were often sent to Parish schools. These schools were supposed to provide education to children that could not apprentice out but often worked poorly. Another type of education came from Church schools. In this school, the brightest students taught a group of other students who then passed this information onto another group. This system was often prone to errors but still managed to teach many children in the ways of reading and writing.

How is the Victorian education system beneficial?

  • Helped men and women grow in experience

  • Later on benefited towards acts against discrimination

  • Led to feminists

  • Taught men how to stand strong for their businesses and education

  • Taught women basics of living

Interesting facts about the Victorian education system?

  • Poor boys and girls were not allowed in the Victorian school system

  • Only those who were rich benefited from the Victorian system, mostly men due to the fact that they work.

  • Children were not required to attend school

  • Girls were taught thing such as sewing and cooking

  • Boys were taught on an educational level

  • Huge discrimination era against rich vs poor and men vs woman.