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Wretchedness – Gender Bias..?

October 23, 2013
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Wretched – definition: 1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; 2. despicable, contemptile, or mean

Ignorance and Want, woodcut — from A Christmas...

Ignorance and Want, woodcut — from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two famous wretches are found in Les Miserables. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables and the poor boy, Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Tim_(A_Christmas_Carol)

Characters are portrayed living in absolute poverty and diabolical circumstances. We feel for their plight. Can they be saved? Who has the compassion and wealth to help? Unfortunately, in reality there have been, and are, many poor  ‘wretches’ suffering similar conditions in the real world. It is not only third world countries that have people only managing to exist. Regrettably, a larger percentage of these are female.

I endeavor to steer clear of politics and religion on this blog, as I feel everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That being said I would like to bring to your attention a charity, whose work is ensuring girls and women around the world have a chance. I am certainly not pushing anyone to go to the links:  http://becauseiamagirl.ca/  OR  http://plan-international.org/girls//  Everyone is free to make their own choices as to the charities they support. This is a personal belief and I will not preach.

becauseiamagirlOn a side note, the basis of my novel, Life in Slake Patch, is a world under matriarchy rule due to the near annihilation of the world’s population under patriarchy rule. Could it happen?

Life in Slake

Portrayals of Destitution…

September 1, 2013
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Destitution – definition: a lack of the means to survive or subsist : utter poverty

OliverThis is the first image that came to my mind – Oliver Twist begging for more – as I read today’s word. Charles Dickens portrayal of poverty in the English 18th century was personified by Oliver; to my mind anyway.  There was of course, Tiny Tim, in A Christmas Carol but Oliver’s endurance through the workhouse and his subsequent escape from the undertaker are more compelling. Once he was enrolled with Fagin and his gang of young pickpockets, Oliver’s life begins to change. There is kindness and friendship shown to him by Nancy and the Artful Dodger and later his salvation comes in the shape of Mr. Brownlow. Oliver’s innocence and inherent goodness shows through every aspect of his story. Charles Dickens created characters so beautifully rounded that you were drawn or repelled by them in equal measure.

Link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Twist

Povertyhttp://victorianpeeper.blogspot.ca/2010/09/more-news-from-art-world.html

I’m sharing this link as the theme and pictures of this blog fit perfectly for today’s word.

Who is your favorite classic author? What draws you to their writing? 

Do you have a destitute character in a novel? Care to share?

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