He was born in 1812 in Port Mouth. His father was imprisoned for debts and he was sent to a work-house. This was a traumatic experience for him than he went back to school and became a parliamentary reporter and then a journalist. He published novels on newspapers. The first part of his productions are novels with social denouncements (Oliver Twist), that are not balanced. The second part: Great expectations, that is a self-developing novel. It is balanced.
Pickwick paper, Oliver Twist, Christmas books, David Copperfield, Bleak house, Hard time, Great expectations
1. Social criticism: He was not a revolutionary but he was a full-Victorian. He doesn’t try to change reality, the problems remain unresolved. At the end there is a paternal revolution (there is the intervention of a generous rich man, a benefactor). The solution is not political, but moral: the good persons are rewarded and bad ones are punished.
3. Humour and comic episodes. The social problems are presented with irony.
4. Characters are not a-tutto-tondo. Fixed types (ex. If one is evil remain evil). Defects are exaggerated. Most of Dickens’ characters belong to the lower-middle class. The characters of other social classes are less secure and more stereotyped.
This title is significant because Pip is waiting that his courage, his loyalty will be rewarded.