Women Characters in the Selected Novels of Charles Dickens

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WOMEN CHARACTERS IN THE
SELECT NOVELS
OF
CHARLES DICKENS

BY,
PRIYANKA VILEEMA D. SOUZA
I M.A. ENGLISH
REG NO. 129626

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1. CHAPTER I-
Introduction 1-2 2. CHAPTER II-
Women Characters in Oliver Twist 2-3 3. CHAPTER III-
Women Characters in Hard Times 3-6 4. CHAPTER IV-
Women Characters in Great Expectation 6-7 5. CHAPTER V-
A Tale of Two Cities 7-9 6. CONCLUSION 9-10 7. WORK CITED

CHARACTERS IN THE SELECT NOVELS OF CHARLES DICKENS
CHAPTER I
Introduction:
Dickens biographer Chaire Tomalin regards him as the greatest creater character in English fiction after Shakespeare, Dickensian characters is especially so because of the typically whimsical names, which are amongst the most memorable in the English literature. The likes of Ebenezer scrooge, tiny tim, Jacob Marley, Bob cratchit, Oliver twist, the artful dodger, Fagin, bill sikes, Charles Draney, David copper field, Samuel Pickwick, Wackford Saquers are so well known as to be part and parcel of British culture and in the same cases have passed into ordinary language a scrooge, for example is a miser.
His characters were often so memorable that they took on a life of their own outside his books. Gamp became a slang expression for an umbrella from the character Mrs. Gamp and Pickwickian. Pecksniffian and Gradgrind all entered dictionaries due to Dickens’s original portraits of such characters who were quixotic, hypocritical or vapidly factual. Many were drawn from real life. Mrs. Nickelby is based on his mother, though she didn’t recognize herself in the portrait, just as Mr. Micawber is constructed from aspects of his father’s rhetorical excuberance. Harold Skimpole in Bleak House, is based on James Henry Leigh Hunt: his wife’s dwarfish chiropodist recognized herself in Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield. Perhaps Dicken’s impressions on his meeting with Hans Christian Andersen



Cited: 1. Dickens, Charles Hard times, great expectations and our mutual friend. Edited by norman page: the macmillan press ltd. Printed in china 1979. --- Dickens, Charles. Hard times: Edited by fred Kaplan and sylvere monood. A Norton critical edition: w.w Norton & company, Ing: Printed by replica press pvt. Ltd, 2001. --- Dickens, Charles Mordern Critical views: Edited by Harold bloom. --- Dickens Charles: Writers and their work: Rod mengham Atlantic publishers & distributors (P) Ltd, 2001. 2. http://www.olivertuistgin.com/the.characters-of-olivertwistgin.com/the-character -of-olivestwist-the-novel-by-charles dicken-223. 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hardtimes#majorcharcters. 4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/great_expectations#character.

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