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Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday

This week, Dickens’ afficionados celebrated the writer’s 200th birthday.  Somehow I feel that I know this man, or that he knows my children.  His works are so powerful, even to this very day, all I can imagine is that he was a very astute observer of life and society.

His own childhood was not that far removed from that of his stories.  His father was sent to debtors’ prison when Charles was 12, and Dickens went to work in a factory.  We see the themes of workhouses, and child labor, the haves and the have-nots, appearing again and again in his works of not-so-much-fiction.

There are few children in America nor in Britain who have not read at least one of his most familiar novels:  “David Copperfield”, “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol”, or “Bleak House”.  Hopefully, they have not experienced as much of the story lines as our children coming out of the Russian orphanage system.

Dickens himself had 10 children and worked tirelessly for social change.  He traveled and lectured and walked London’s streets by night, some say due to insomnia, yet I wonder if it were to check on the real conditions that exist during the dim hours of darkness.

My hat is off to you, Mr. Dickens.  Not all of your books are suitable for my children, just yet, since they hit so close to home.  But in honor of your birthday, we will now pause to watch a documentary about your life.  May it give our kids some “Great Expectations” of their own.

The world is a better place because of your drive, determination, and elaborate descriptions of situations for which most do not have eyes to see, nor hearts to bear.



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  1. avatar Shelley says:

    He sounds like an amazing person. I didn’t know half of this about Dickens, thank you!

  2. avatar admin says:

    You’re welcome, Shelley. This is a prime example of someone using the negatives of their past to help others. I plan on using this as a teaching point with our kids.

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