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CLIP 5252

The early life of Charles Dickens

The early life of Charles Dickens
Key Info
  • The early life of Charles Dickens
  • Duration: 03:04
  • The link between the fictional David Copperfield and the early life of its author, Charles Dickens, is explored. The author's early life as a boy from a wealthy family gave him certain expectations. The Dicken's family changed in fortunes and Charles spent his time working in a boot blacking factory.
  • Subject:



    Famous People

  • Keywords: Charles, Dickens, Victorian, life, rich, poor, differ, different, society
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip illustrates that life differed considerably across Victorian society. It could act as a springboard for the students investigating further.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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