As the title suggests this post is dedicated to the mammoth 10,000 word dissertation I have to do this semester; it’s based on victims from ‘troubled’ backgrounds who don’t seem to be have a voice in the media. So what led me to do my dissertation on this subject?
Well, it was the whole Jimmy Savile case that got me interested into finding out more. When I first heard about it in the news, it just riled me up. An individual who became so powerful that he/she could do anything and get away with it – like Savile who thought of himself as being ‘untouchable’ and he was able to prey on 450 victims. The victims being from ‘troubled’ backgrounds were not believed by the media or the police even though it was said to be an open secret.
However researching further into this subject I discovered several other cases such as the Rochdale abuse case and the Oxford child rape case, where the victims were runaways from care homes. So seeing all this, I believe there is an issue and decided to write about it.
The reading that will go into this dissertation will be humongous, including the surveys/questionnaires and the people I have to contact. So the next few months, I can say I won’t be having any sort of social life – just books and my laptop to keep me company. Reality has definitely set in for me!
It was Charles Dickens 200th anniversary earlier this year. His 200th anniversary was celebrated worldwide on 7 February 2012. I think he is one of the most phenomenal novelists in the history of English writing.
Charles Dickens is one of many authors, like William Shakespeare, whose literature is used in schools for GCSE’s/A Level English literature exams and coursework in which the students analyse his writing style. When I was at school, analysing the writing of Charles Dickens in English GCSE was really interesting for me because,
1) I am an avid reader, and
2) He started off as a journalist too.
So the writing being in old English didn’t matter to me.
One of my favourite books was Great Expectations; many themes are explored within this book. Hopes and dreams are the two important themes. Charles Dickens shows the growth and development of an orphan named Pip who has a dream of reaching the stars and becoming a gentleman. Unfortunately, his dreams are not fulfilled. The themes are portrayed in a way that makes everyone sympathise with the characters. For me he still is a fine novelist and if he were here today, I would be honoured to meet him.
The younger generation of today are beginning to read ebooks. Ebooks are a digital form of books, which can be read on a variety of e-readers. Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple iPad and various other tablets are available which allow ebooks to be easily downloaded or to be bought online. These include many novels by Charles Dickens. Several novels including novels by Charles Dickens are available free to download, this acts as an encouragement for people to read.