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"Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -- "A Christmas Dinner," Charles Dickens Charles Dickens' short stories and novels continue to delight and entrance readers all over the world. He brilliantly depicted Victorian London, fought for social reform, and created some of the most indelible characters that fiction has ever known -- Oliver, Pip, Scrooge, David Copperfield, and Miss Havisham, to name just a few. Get to know the author and his works through a series of essays by past president of the Dickens Society Joel J. Brattin, and see some of the original illustrations that were included in Dickens' novels.
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The trouble in Salem began during the cold, dark Massachusetts winter, in January of 1692. Eight young girls began to take ill, begining with 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris, the daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris, and his niece, 11-year-old Abigail Williams. But theirs was a strange sickness: the girls suffered from delirium, violent convulsions, incomprehensible speech, trance-like states, and odd skin sensations.
An archetype is a universal symbolic pattern. Examples of archetypal characters are the femme fatale, the trickster, the great mother and father, and the dying god. There are archetypal stories as well. Examples are stories of great floods, virgin births, creation, paradise, the underworld, and a final apocalypse. True to their universal nature, archetypal characters and stories appear again and again in myths across many diverse cultures.
This resource supports the teaching, learning and assessment of Standard Australian English through work programs based on the . It reinforces the intent of the senior syllabus, which is built on a framework of three interrelated dimensions — Dimensions 1, 2 and 3. This resource focuses on Dimension 2 — , providing guidance on building knowledge of the textual features of texts. Purpose and organisation (PDF, 302 kB )
In 1891, Sherlock Holmes was a character very much of his time and place, who appealed to British readers directly by confronting the messy, changeable world they lived in. Rather than dwelling in romance or in an idealized past, as many of Arthur Conan Doyle's other characters did, Holmes was grounded squarely in Victorian London. The Sherlock Holmes mystery stories, written over a forty-year span from 1887 to 1927, represented the good, the bad, and the ugly of Victorian society: its ideals, its accomplishments, and its deepest fears. Arthur Conan Doyle's birth year, 1859, fell 22 years into Queen Victoria's 64-year reign, a time of unparalleled growth and optimism for the British Empire. Resources and labor taken from colonies worldwide had made England prosper, and the time of serious independence struggles lay in the distant future.