Pre 1914 'childhood' Essay
' Compare the ways Blake, Dickens and Bronte portray childhood'
In this essay I will be discussing how children were treated in the extracts from Dickens' 'Oliver Twist - 1837',' Blake's 'The Chimney Sweeper - 1789' and Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre - 1847.' The children are well cared for in our society now and have many luxuries to keep them entertained, but in these extracts it shows they are treated badly.
Dickens 'Oliver twist' is about is the story of a young orphan. Oliver is born in a workhouse, to a mother who dies right after giving birth to him. When he turns nine, he is sent to the workhouse, where he and the others are treated badly and practically starved. The other boys are unable to stand their hunger any longer and decide to draw straws to choose who will have to go up and ask for more food.
Oliver loses. On the day, after finishing his first serving of gruel, he goes up and asks for more.
Blake's 'The chimney sweeper' is about by a Chimney Sweeper talking about himself. He tells us a little bit about himself first before talking about another Chimney Sweeper, Tom Dacre. After introducing us to Tom, he relates a very strange dream that Tom had one night it involved Chimney in coffins, angels. The poem concludes with Tom and the speaker waking up and going to work, sweeping' chimneys. Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' is about a young girl who lives with here aunt, who is sent to Lowood by her aunt. On Jane's second morning at Lowood, the girls are unable to wash, as the water in their pitchers is frozen. Jane quickly learns that life at the school is harsh. The girls...