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Charles Dickens' Biographies
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Charles Dickens' marriage to Catherine Hogbarth was one that defied the established norm of the Victorian era. Before the 1850s Dickens gave every evidence of being fond of his wife. Surely their having so many children together indicates a certain kind of love. At the age of forty five, Dickens separated from his wife. Many biographers feel that the cause of the dissolution was an affair the author had with the actress, Ellen Ternan. This 4 page paper is meant to be a comparison between two biographies of Mr. Charles Dickens. The biographies chosen are: Charles Dickens A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work by Paul Davis and Dickens by Peter Ackroyd. A third source has been added that provides both an extension to the two above and a different perspective than either of the above. In an article that appeared in Biblio in May of 1998, Janet S. Krueger and Kelley Blewster provided a more in depth look at the relationship of Charles Dickens and the actress, Ellen Ternan, than either of the selected biographies. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Charles Dickens/ Hard Times
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: A 5 page research paper on Hard Times by Charles Dickens. The writer argues that Hard Times is an example of Dickens's concern for social issues, but also his feelings in regard to the soul of the nation and how it was being affected by the industrial age. In the social theory of Utilitarianism, Dickens, who had a deep Christian faith, felt that a purely pragmatic view of human relations robbed humanity of its soul and overlooked the subtleties in the human condition. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times
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In Charles Dickens' Hard Times, there is a thorough, if somewhat melodramatic, representation of Victorian life. Dickens is known for his excessive number of characters in his novels, and, though there are less in this work then is generally seen, each is well developed and understood a to their place in the novel. Dickens has a tendency to portray his characters as representative of the different forces within society and this is certainly true in the case of Stephen Blackpool, Josiah Bounderby and Thomas Gradgrind Junior. This 3 page paper examines these three characters in terms of their interaction with the environment of the novel. No additional sources are listed.
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Comparative Analysis of John Ruskin's "Unto This Last" and Charles Dickens' "Hard Times"
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A 6 page paper which how Victorian art critic John Ruskin and popular novelist Charles Dickens took a disdainful view of the prevailing British political economy during the nineteenth century, reflected in Ruskin's "Unto This Last" and Dickens' "Hard Times." Specifically considered are the attacks on the political economy offered by each, and how Ruskin and Dickens' regarded their role in political, economic and social debates. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations": Original Versus Contemporary Ending
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5 pages in length. Bowing to the demands of social pressure, Charles Dickens was coerced into establishing a more dismal ending for his classic "Great Expectations" than he had originally intended. That Pip and Estella have any kind of a future together at the end of the more modern version is, too, what had ultimately transpired through social pressure of a different sort. Contemporary versions of Dickens' timeless tale have suffered the same fate as the original text, in that the endings were construed by means of public persistence to reflect a more accurate portrayal of reality. In Dickens' era, it would not have been prudent for the author to allow Pip and Estella to overcome their challenges and enjoy a life together. In modern times, however, people clamor for a happier ending as a means by which to demonstrate the ever-present sense of hope. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' / Oliver & Fagin
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An 8 page paper analyzing the characters of Oliver and Fagin in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The writer concludes that neither Oliver nor Fagin are particularly realistic characters, Oliver because he is too saintly, and Fagin because he represents Dickens' anti-semitic prejudices. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' / Characters & Realism
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A 7 page paper on Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations. The writer describes Dickens use of realism and how this is reflected through the character of Pip and his interactions with the other characters. Bibliography lists the book.
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Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' / Characterization, Moralistic View, & Social Aspects
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A 6 page research paper on Charles Dickens' use of character to comment on the social and moral implications of the industrial revolution on British society. Through the dimensions of various characters, Dickens penned a view of all of the social classes through the workings of the underworld. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' vs. Pepys' 'Diary' / Streets Of London
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A 5 page paper on the changing face of London street life as seen in Samuel Pepys' Diary, written in the 1660s, and Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, published in 1837. The paper shows how in Pepys' time the poor simply seemed to be people with less money than the rich, but in Dickens' time the violent cleavage between classes rendered the poor almost subhuman in society's eyes. The streets of London, predictably, reflected this change -- and suffered for it. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Charles Dickens’ 'Great Expectations' / Nature Of Family
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7 pages in length. When one asks oneself what, if any, is the representation of an ideal family model as offered in Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations,' what immediately comes to mind is the fact that the concept of family is often superceded by concerns of social and economical nature. Indeed, the familial allegiance is quite apparent as to how it relates to other, more individual and social concerns. The writer discusses the nature of family in relation to Dickens' 'Great Expectations.' No additional sources cited.
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol :
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In 3 pages, the author discusses Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and shows how Dickens is able to use his illustrations to bring the story to life. An example is given of his very apt description of Scrooge at the story's beginning. A free sentence outline is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Charles Dickens: His Life Reflected In His Works
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5 pages in length. Like many authors, Charles Dickens drew from his own life experiences as a means by which to tell his tales. Indeed, his works represent a collection of personal episodes, encounters and introspection as encountered by one of the literary world's most respected authors. It is not known whether Dickens ever found a sense of solace from writing about personal experiences; however, the writer discusses that through such selfless sharing, the reader effectively gains a more significant understanding of his works. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Charles Dickens' "The Signalman": Effectiveness As A Ghost Story
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5 pages in length. Like many authors, Charles Dickens drew from his own life experiences as a means by which to tell his tales. Indeed, his works represent a collection of personal episodes, encounters and introspection as encountered by one of the literary world's most respected authors; however, when it came to his ghost stories, he drew inspiration from a deep and inventive imagination. The writer discusses how Dickens' use of mystery, suspense and creation of tension helps to represent "The Signalman" as an effective ghost story. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” / Portrayal Of Society
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5 pages in length. The portrayal of society in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is that of a symbol of contemporary British civilization, with Miss Havisham representing the epitome of such. By utilizing this particular character as the conduit between social body and physical body, the author successfully blends together the kinship inherent to these aspects of British life. The writer discusses society in relation to Dicken's "Great Expectations." No additional sources cited.
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Characterization in Dickens' "David Copperfield" and "Great Expectations"
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A five page paper comparing the characterizations of David to that of Pip in these two novels by Charles Dickens. The paper argues that while both boys were intended to represent Dickens himself as a child, the characterization of David is flatter than that of Pip because Dickens was still working out many personal issues. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Development Of Character In Dickens & Hardy
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An 8 page paper analyzing how -- and whether -- Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy create the illusion of verisimilitude in their characters, and whether their character development is effective. The paper concludes that Dickens' characters, for all their cartoonishness, are created more effectively than Hardy's because Dickens excels at the selection of detail. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Charles Dickens/ Effects of Industrialism in "Hard Times"
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A 5 page essay that examines Charles Dickens' Hard Times, focusing on Dickens' attitudes toward industrialism that are demonstrated in this work. The writer argues that in Hard Times, Dickens not only demonstrated the dehumanizing effects of industrialism on the workers, but also showed that the power involved in this process perverted the character of owners and management as well. No additional sources cited.
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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale Of Two Cities' / Brief Overview
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A 3 page essay on characterization, symbolism, and theme in Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities.' The author's literary technique & style are discussed in considerable detail. No bibliography.
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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' / Role Playing
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A 5 page analysis of Charles Dickens'novel Great Expectations. The writer demonstrates that each of the characters is assigned a role by another or by circumstance which is not of their choosing. What the characters do decide is how they will eventually react to their circumstances-by giving in to hatred like Miss Havisham or by learning the true nature of virtue as Pip finally does by the end of the novel. No additional sources cited.
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Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times'
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A 3 page essay about opposing theories, education etc; in Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times' as they specifically relate to Mr. Gradgrind. No Bibliography.
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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' / Pip and His Sense of Self
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A 6 page paper on the search for identity on the part of the main character in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. The writer demonstrates how Pip learns that class distinctions pale in comparison with the contents of one's heart. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities' / Critical Analysis
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A 9 page analysis of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The writer examines the influence of the French Revolution on the writer and the degree to which historic fact is a part of the book. Emphasizes that not only was the Revolution a revolution of contrasts, so is the book itself. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times' / Utilitarian Economics
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A 6 page paper discussing the historical background behind Dickens' indictment of English industrialism. It shows how Dickens' familiarity with Smith, Malthus and Bentham can be discerned in the story, and contrasts their economic views as embodied in Gradgrind and Bounderby with the circus people. One additional source besides the novel itself is cited.
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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale Of Two Cities' / Visions Of Greed & Selfishness
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A 5 page paper on Dickens' 'A Tale Of Two Cities.' The writer shows us Dickens' literary technique in an attempt to understand his thematic portrayal of greed & selfishness within the French aristocracy. Issues concerning class, social structure, and more are explicated as they relate to this infamous novel. Quotes are used to support points made. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' & Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times' / Social Reflections
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A 5 page paper contrasting Jane Austen's depiction of her society as illustrated in Sense and Sensibility with Charles Dickens' as depicted in Hard Times. The paper concludes that the Industrial Revolution, in substituting self-interest for tradition, also established corporate greed as an economic philosophy, much to the detriment of the poor. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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How Charles Dickens Critiques Industrial Society in "A Christmas Carol"
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A 5 page paper which examines how Charles Dickens critiques industrial society in his classic novel, "A Christmas Carol," particularly with the characterization of Ebenezer Scrooge. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Effects of Rapid Industrialization, Illustrated in Charles Dickens'Novel, "Hard Times"
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A 5 page paper which examines the social (and economic) ills brought on by the rapid industrialization in England during the nineteenth century, the effects of which are detailed by Charles Dickens in his novel, "Hard Times." Also considered are the attitudes and institutions that fostered the British labor system. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Character of Nancy in Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
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A 14 page paper which analyzes Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver Twist," specifically, how the character of Nancy is the only character which is a truly realistic portrayal because she wavers between good and evil. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Charles Dickens & Adam Smith / Capitalism and Humanitism
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A 7 page paper that considers the impacts of humanitism on the development of capitalism. This paper provides a discourse based on the writings of Thomas More, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith and Charles Dickens. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Charles Dickens & Adam Smith / Capitalism and Humanitism # 2
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A 5 page paper that compares the societal realms and presentations provided by Adam Smith and Charles Dickens that related to the process of capitalism related to humanitism. This paper demonstrates its points through support from "Wealth of Nations" and "Hard Times." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” & Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” / Liberal Education Comparisons
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A 6 page paper which compares the liberal education celebrated by Charles Dickens’ in his novel, 'Hard Times' with the scientific education described by Thomas Kuhn in 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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‘Conforming’ and ‘Questing’ in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' and Charles Dickens’ 'Great Expectations'
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A 5 page paper which explains the concepts of ‘conforming’ and ‘questing’, then examines how they are explored through realist and other conventions in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, 'Frankenstein,' and Charles Dickens’ 'Great Expectations.'
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Patriarchy in Charles Dickens' "Hard Times"
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A 12 page paper which discusses the representation of patriarchy in Charles Dickens' "Hard Times." Various characters are discussed as they individually serve to represent the patriarchal ideas within the story. No additional sources cited.
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Fateful Textual Passage in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," When Pip Learns Who is Benefactor Is
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A 5 page paper analyzes the textual passage which appears in Chapter 39 of Charles Dickens' novel, "Great Expectations," in which Pip learns that the old convict Magwitch is his financial benefactor. No additional sources are used.
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Charles Dickens/ Secrets in a Tale of Two Cities
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A 5 page analysis of the classic Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The writer argues that a quote pertaining to secrets at the opening of the third chapter is a key to understanding the structure of the plot. No additional sources cited.
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Comparing Social Discrimination and the Development of Significant Characters in Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" and Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
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A 5 page paper which compares social discrimination based on class wealth, gender, birth order and physical characteristics in Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" and Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations."
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Class Consciousness in Dickens' "Great Expectations"
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A nine page paper looking at this novel by Charles Dickens in terms of its revelations about the social history of the Victorian era. The paper demonstrates Dickens' message that true worth comes not from one's position in society but from one's heart. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Dickens' "Great Expectations" as a Victorian Novel
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A five page paper looking at this novel by Charles Dickens in terms of the way it reflects, or challenges, the values of the Victorian era. The paper maintains that Great Expectations is a Victorian novel not because it wholeheartedly supports the social beliefs of the Victorian era, but because it tacitly assumes that its readers do. Through challenging these false values, Dickens' novel seeks to demonstrate that money and social position are not the true virtues to be sought in life. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Mothering in Dickens' 'Great Expectations' and Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'
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A five page paper comparing Charles Dickens' and Emily Bronte's absence of mothers in these two novels, and the effects this absence has on children in both novels. The paper concludes that Dickens feels some kind of mothering is necessary, even if it is the nurturing provided by a man; and Bronte feels girls do just as well mothering themselves. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Gender and Power in Dickens and Hardy
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A 12 page paper looking at these issues as they are presented in Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield' and Thomas Hardy's 'Jude the Obscure.' The paper concludes that although Hardy's female characters are much more highly-developed than Dickens', both Victorian authors seem to feel that a woman’s proper function is to support a man in his path through life, without really having a path of her own. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and the Economy of Victorian England
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A five page paper looking at the way Charles Dickens comments on the economy of his day in this classic little tale. The paper shows how Scrooge's disparagement of, and disinterest in, the welfare of the poor is consistent with the political and economic thinking of his time, and his 'reclamation' shows what Dickens thought should be done about it. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Comparisons Between Four Characters in Dickens
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A five page paper which looks at the way in which four of Charles Dickens’ characters undergo transformations in the course of their respective narratives, and considers how effective and credible the transformations are. The writer compares Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, David in David Copperfield, Louisa in Hard Times and Pip in Great Expectations to show how Dickens achieved a greater degree of realism with each one. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Charles Dickens: Underlying Historical Themes
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A 5 page observation of the historical parallels provided by Dickens. Notes Dickens as one of the most recognizable names of history. Contends this is the case because of his expertise in incorporating the underlying historical themes of industrial conflict, utilitarian Education, and changes in relationships between the sexes into a captivating fictional format. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Innocence and Experience in Bronte, Dickens, and Wharton
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A five page paper looking at the these themes in selected Victorian and immediately post-Victorian literature. The novels studied include Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," and Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth". No additional sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'/ Friendship
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This 4 page report discusses the significance of friendship in one of Dickens' most popular novels. No additional sources cited.
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Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' / Character, Social & Moral Question
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A 7 page research paper on Dickens' use of character to shape a commentary on the social and moral implications of the industrial revolution on children. The writer demonstrates how these are shown through literary means, and includes a brief discussion on how these social forces are still applicable today—therefore noting the timelessness of the story. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'/ Miss Havisham
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A 4 page character analysis of Miss Havisham. The writer examines fairy tale aspects of this character in Dickens' classic. Analytically detailed is Havisham's relationship with Pip and with Estella. No bibliography.
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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities' / Theme Of Sacrifice
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A 4 page paper that discusses the theme of sacrifice in Dickens' novel. The author argues that the sacrifices made by both Darnay and Carton are not of equal significance in each man's life, but play equally important roles in the development of characters and in the plot of the story.
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Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' / Friends & Foes
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A 9 page paper looking at five characters in Dickens' famous novel, showing how they feel about Oliver and he about them. Characters analyzed are Mr. Bumble, Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, Noah Claypool, and Nancy. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities' / Imagery
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A 7 page paper discussing some of the critical symbols used by Dickens in this novel. Topics discussed include spilled wine, knitting versus weaving, Christ-symbols, golden threads, and light. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
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Dickens uses history in a manner unusual to the common writer; that is, he places his story in the middle of historical fact while providing many instances of metaphorical reference to both the time period of the novel and what he believed to be the dichotomization of all times and eras. He is a writer of fiction who utilizes the metaphorical presentations of character to present his ideas and beliefs. For Dickens, as seen in the opening lines of the novel, the dichotomy inherent in paradox provides a strong foundation for his writing and for his view of history This 7 page paper argues that Dickens accomplishes the presentation of a different view of the French Revolution through the auspices of fiction, his particular style of writing with a penchant for polarization and the use of characters as metaphors and, or archetypes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Is Dickens a Feminist?
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A five page paper looking for evidence of Dickens' feminism in "Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," "Bleak House," "Great Expectations," and "Martin Chuzzlewit." The paper concludes that although Dickens was conscious that his society frequently thrust women into situations which were unfair or even cruel, he does not really seem capable at looking at the world from a woman's point of view. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”
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A five page paper looking at Dickens’ classic short story in terms of the philosophy of Christmas which it has given to Western culture. The paper argues that although Dickens presented an admittedly secularized view of the Christmas spirit, it encouraged generosity and joy, which cannot be a bad thing. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Characterization in Dickens’ “Great Expectations”
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A five page look at this classic novel by Dickens in terms of his use of flat versus rounded characters. The paper admits that many of Dickens’ most memorable characters are psychologically flat, but demonstrates their value in reinforcing the novel’s theme.
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Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron," Charles Dickens' "Hard Times" And Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis": Women And Social Struggles
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5 pages in length. That women have been forced to prove their worthiness within the stringent boundaries of a male-dominated existence speaks volumes about the inherent fortitude that comprises the female spirit of Jewett's Sylvia, Dickens' Louisa Gradgrind and Kafka's Grete. No additional sources cited.
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The Major Themes in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield
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This 5 page paper considers the major themes in Dickens’ David Copperfield. This paper outlines some of the central themes and discusses the correlation between the themes and the action in the story. Bibliography lists 1 sources.
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Themes of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.
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(5 pp) The autobiographical narrative of Dickens' Great Expectations allows the author to make statements about society and its attitudes through the story of young orphaned Philip Pirrip-known through most of our story as Pip. Feelings or emotions are acted out through the personalities of the characters presented. In this discussion we will examine some of those themes, and the characters, who define them. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities” and the Hidden Courage and Conviction of Common People
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This 5 page report discusses “A Tale of Two Cities” from the perspective that it was the circumstances that made life so difficult that were also the conditions that allowed individuals the conviction and courage to move beyond ordinary action making it the “best of times and the worst of times.” While the book serves as an example of the inequities in society that lead to revolution and the virtually impenetrable barrier that exists between the “haves” and “have-nots,” it also acts as a means through which Dickens expresses the fact that at some point in the life of even a “disappointed drudge,” an opportunity presents itself through which a person may rise to a greater level of compassionate action than even he or she would have thought possible. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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"Jane Eyre" and "Great Expectations" as Bildungsroman
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A six page paper illustrating the way these two Victorian novels, by Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, respectively, represent the genre of the Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel. The paper observes that because women in Victorian times tended to be so pliant, it was necessary for Bronte's growing girl to remain strong-willed, while Dickens' male protagonist needed to change as he grew to become a generous and kind man. Bibliography lists four sources.
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"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
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A 6 page paper which examines and analyzes some of the characters in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens. The characters discussed are Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby. Bibliography lists 1 additional source.
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Hard Times For Freud
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This 5 page paper looks at the theories and principles presented by Sigmund Freud in Civilization And It's Discontents and compares them with the behavior of Louisa Bounderby and James Harthouse in Charles Dickens' Hard Times. No additional sources are listed.
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Analysis of Thomas Gradgrind Sr. in Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times”
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A 5 page paper which considers why the senior Gradgrind qualifies to be the main character in a novel which has many featured characters, along with quotes to support this assertion. No additional sources are used.
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The Role of Expectations in Great Expectations
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This 5 page paper looks a this well known Charles Dickens novel, examining the role of expectations in Pip's life. Pip comes from a poor background and appears to have some very unrealistic expectations, it is that set the tone for the entire novel, with Pip expecting too much form the wrong places. The bibliography cites 9 sources.
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Humor in Twain and Dickens ("Pudd'nhead Wilson" and "Little Dorrit"
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Charles Dickens and Mark Twain extensively used humor as social commentary to bring to light all that was foolish in the world around them. Twain targeted racism and small-minded people in "Pudd'nhead Wilson. Dickens picked on the government and the way in which it functioned in England and the constraints of "classism." Both used humor in their works to bring attentions to all that was wrong with society. These authors and their works will provide the textural basis for "humor" in this 7 page discussion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Esther Summerson In Bleak House
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6 page paper that discusses Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Comments about this novel from contemporaries are offered. The focus of the essay is the character Esther Summerson. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”
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This 5 page report discusses Charles Dickens’ 18861 novel “Great Expectations” which is both an engaging mystery as well as a morality tale. It centers around the story of “Pip” (Philip Pirrip), a poor village boy, and his expectations of wealth. The novel is basically a Cinderella story in which the fairy godmother turns out to be a convict and the unfortunate orphan to be a person of sterling character only waiting to be discovered. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' Novel, "Oliver Twist"
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A 5 page paper which examines one of Dickens' most popular novels by first considering the author himself, the context in which it was written, five major points made by the author, and a critical opinion of the novel. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Social Strife in Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”
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A five page paper looking at the issues confronted by Charles Dickens in this novel about the Revolutionary War. The paper argues that both individual and social solutions must be forged to relieve the distress of the poor before the situation attains the level of pre-Revolutionary France; for in a revolution that bloody, no one really wins. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Dickens' Great Expectations
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In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the protagonist, Pip, becomes almost obsessed with the idea that he is meant for 'great expectations' in life. This 7 page paper argues that the changes that he undergoes as he comes into possession of his 'expectations', the misuse of his money and, finally, the lesson of value he learns through his benefactor bring Pip to a point of personal redemption and happiness. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Social Values in Dickens' "Great Expectations"
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A five page paper looking at the presence of social values in this classic novel by Charles Dickens. The paper also addresses literary devices such as theme, symbolism, tone, point of view, and setting. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Twain/Dickens‹A Comparison
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A 12 page research paper that examines Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit and Mark Twain's Puddn'head Wilson. The writer argues that these novels were actually quite similar even though their subject matter was extremely different. They both deal with the social issues of their time and each shows how some of the accepted concepts of their particular period of history were really ludicrous. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Carlyle & Dickens/"Sartor Resartus" and "Little Dorrit"
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A 6 page research paper that examines the work of Thomas Carlyle in his novel Sartor Resartus and that of Charles Dickens in his work Little Dorrit. The writer argues that both of these nineteenth century novels address the effects of confinement on the human soul. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Poverty in Dickens’ “Hard Times,” Poverty Today
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A 7 page paper looking at Charles Dickens’ shortest but most hard-hitting novel in terms of its indictment on poverty, and comparing those conditions to poverty in the United States today. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times/Louisa
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A 5 page essay that analyzes Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times as it relates the life of one of the main characters, Louisa Gradgrind. The writer argues that by focusing on Louisa, Dickens genders his argument against prearranged nineteenth century marriages that took into consideration financial matters, but not on love or the compatibility of the people involved. Other aspects of Louisa's life are also considered. No other sources cited.
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Jane and Nancy: A Comparison of Two Characters
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7 pages in length. The author explores the two characters of Jane in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Nancy in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. These two women, while leading vastly different lives in their respective novels, are amazingly similar in their motivations and ideals. We see that they would have both met the same fate if their roles had been reversed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Idealized Children In Romantic Literature
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The romantic writers of the Victorian era included such notables as William Wordsworth, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. This 10 page paper argues that, within the Romantic literature, the child became the metaphor for society, including social stratification, changing gender roles and the loss of innocence in a world quickly becoming reliant on technology. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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How Charles Dickens Portrayed Industrialism in “Hard Times”
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An 8 page paper which provides a brief historical context of the issue of industrialism in Victorian England, then analyzes how Dickens addressed the issue in his novel, then assesses his contribution to this issue. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Charles Dickens/Symbolism in Tale of 2 Cities
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A 5 pages on Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities. The writer argues that Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge are much more then characters in the narrative. They are also symbols and opposites, and that much of the symbolism of the novel is organized around these two figures. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Women In Victorian Literature
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Women characters in the Victorian novel often served as examples or commentaries of the prevalent social norms. This 5 page paper asserts that Jane Austin's Emma, Charles Dickens' Bleak House, George Eliot's The Mill On The Floss, Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her and Elisabeth Gaskell's North And South all share this aspect of characterization for their female protagonists. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Overview of Leo Tolstoy's Short Story, "Master and Man"
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A 5 page paper which provides an overview of Leo Tolstoy's short story, "Master and Man," in terms of meaning and how it expresses Tolstoy's views on Christianity and death. There will also be a comparison made between "Master and Man" and Charles' Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" in terms of the sentiment that the giving of one's self to achieve something of greater importance: "Greater love has no man than this, that to a man lay down his life for his friends." Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Victorian View of the World
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5 pages in length. This well-written paper compares the Victorian views of life and love in the novels Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Love Among the Ruins by Angela Thirkell. Discusses the underlying subtleties in each when one considers the Victorian Era. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Class Consciousness in Victorian Literature
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A five page paper explaining the importance of classism in the literature of the mid- to late nineteenth century. Specific works examined include Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," George Eliot's "Adam Bede," and Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure." Bibliography lists three sources.
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Great Expectations: A Novel or a Life Style?
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(5pp) You are given a quote from a novel. You are to relate it to the novel, thematically. Nothing new, in that assignment, right. enerally speaking yes, except if the author is Charles Dickens, and his supposedly "autobiographical" novel Great Expectations. It is a great "pizza" of a book - one with everything. And may teach all of us a great more than we ever expected.
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How Pip Confuses Appearance For Reality in David Lean’s Film Adaptation of 'Great Expectations'
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A 5 page paper which considers how appearances are confused with reality by the main character of Pip in David Lean’s 1946 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Tale of Two Cities
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A 6 page paper which provides a critical analysis of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities." The paper discusses theme, character (Lucie), narrative, and other key elements in Dickens' work. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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Charles Dickens as Social Critic/Oliver Twist
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A 5 page essay that discusses to what degree Dickens' criticism of Victorian society is weakened by elements in the novel such as characterization and plot. The writer asserts that these elements, as Dickens wrote them, as quite appropriate to the context of his book. No additional sources cited.
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Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” & Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” / Liberal Education Comparisons
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A 6 page paper which compares the liberal education celebrated by Charles Dickens’ in his novel, 'Hard Times' with the scientific education described by Thomas Kuhn in 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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