In 1860, the year he began work on great expectations, dickens wrote an essay called night walks, based on his moonlit rambles through the capital's streets the wild moon and clouds were as restless as an evil conscience in a tumbled bed, he wrote, and the very shadow of the immensity of london.
Dickens knew the streets of london like the back of his hand, from the highest courts to the lowest slums, and the walk to gad's hill took him just seven hours the reason why he set off on these long nocturnal rambles was his inability to get to sleep during this period in his essay, night walks, he wrote:. This paper will examine the essay, “night walks” (2000), to see how charles dickens (1812-1870), a social-realist writer of the victorian era, has used elements adapted from the romantics in order to draw attention to the pitiable social conditions of victorian london dickens' the realist paradoxically.
I came to night walking through that great chronicler of the city, charles dickens last year, the bicentenary of his birth, i set myself the challenge of reading all 16 of his novels, and as much of his journalism as i could manage in between one essay in particular struck a chord night walks, written in 1860, explains how. In the essay night walks (chapter 13 of the uncommercial traveller, 1861), charles dickens relies on personification and a number of striking analogies to convey the experience of walking london's streets after midnight this haunting essay, says joyce carol oates, seems to hint at more than its.
Charles dickens describes in night walks his time as an insomniac, when he decided to cure himself by walking through london in the small hours, and discovered homelessness, drunkenness and vice on the streets this collection of essays shows dickens as one of the greatest visionaries of the city in.