Historical Context

Historical context can impact literature in a number of ways. The author’s writing can be impacted by the historical period during which it was written, or the historical setting of the story.

For instance, when Charles Dickens was writing, he was writing during a period where authors were paid by the word, which meant that his novels were very, very long. And that was the result of the time period during which his work was written. He was writing long novels because he knew he would get paid more for every word that he wrote.

Dialect is something else you can pay attention to. The dialect could be what the author is used to using in his everyday life, or the dialect could be more related to the historical setting of the story.

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