Charles Dickens: "Great Expectations".

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Charles Dickens was born in 1812. His farther was a clerk working for the naval pay office. At age twelve he was sent to work in Warren's Blacking Factory, a dark and decayed warehouse over-run with rats. This was where he had his first experiences of child labour. Most of his time in the factory was spent sticking labels on bottles. Later in his life, he looked back on this time with bitterness and disgust.

'Great Expectations' and many of Dickens' other novels were based around events in his unfortunate childhood and of those he saw around him. This idea comes through quite strongly throughout most of 'Great Expectations'. He had quite a few bad experiences in his childhood and he puts across the unfairness of his early life in some of his novels, for example, coming to terms with the truth and justice and the way that adults always let children down.

He saw the lives of many children in conditions far worse than his while working at the factory.

Dickens was given this theory from a very early age. Before he was forced to work in a blacking factory his family had been doing quite well and had plenty of money but this was lost when his father got himself into debt. He and his family were forced into prison except of Dickens who was sent to work in that disgusting factory. This was the main part in his life when he decided to look after himself and not rely on anyone else. This could be related to Pip, as his parents were dead, so Pip went to live with his sister and her husband. 'I never saw my father or mother...for their days were much before to days of photographs'. This relates to Dickens as after the...