Examining the Effects of the Ragged School in Literature


  • Cristina Guarneri Caldwell University




Charles Dickens, Ragged Schools, Literature


The ability to educate all children, despite social class was an important responsibility. However, some of these problems included social problems that had been faced by poor children during this Victorian Era. Charles Dickens encountered the ragged schooling, which made a lasting impact upon him and is said to have been a significant element in his writing of A Christmas Carol. It was through Charles Dickens’ legacy was using his novels and other works to reveal a world of poverty and unimaginable struggles. His vivid descriptions of the life of street children in the city, workhouses and Yorkshire boarding schools lead to many reforms. Although “Ragged” Schools began to grow and were seen as a movement. For many who would not have been able to have an education, authors such as Charles Dickens, was able to receive a free education and a betterment of life for the poor, that would and will, even today, inspire others to do something to help those suffering in oppression and poverty.




How to Cite

Guarneri, C. (2019) “Examining the Effects of the Ragged School in Literature”, Journal of English Language and Literature (ISSN: 2368-2132), 11(1), pp. 1090–1096. doi: 10.17722/jell.v11i1.408.