Dickens’ childhood: Pip immortalized.

From what I read, I see a number of influences of Dickens’past emerge in Pip. First, his own experience of dealing with a debtor’s jail most certainly influenced some of his writing. It might have been the encounters he had with the prisoners or the fact that he saw he his father as a good man, with good intentions, who was a prisoner himself. Next, it was him finding himself working long hours in a “blacking factory”. Pip wanted to be more than a blacksmith and resented the forge despite Joe being a joy to be around. He thought becoming a gentleman would free him of those socioeconomic chains that bound him. Dickens, according to the article, resented the fact that his mother insisted he continue life in the factory after their release. This most likely drove him to become the writer he was and to ensure he never returned to such inhumane conditions again.




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