Charles Dickens and realism
The realistic novel
was born in the 19th century, and is characterized by social content, such as the description of the struggle of the bourgeoisie against the aristocratic society, or the description of the world of the poor and unfortunate.
London was the setting of most of his novels; he knew and described it in realistic details.
At first, Dickens created middle class characters, though often satirised. He gradually developed a more radical social view, although he was not a revolutionary thinker.