The short story A Child’s Dream of a Star may be considered an exception of Charles Dickens’ writings. If we ponder on the author’s other texts’ contents, it is possible to realize how they differ from this short story. And how Dickens changes his targets (the critics he does to the Victorian society) while writing.
It is strange to read this shot story after reading Oliver Twist, and being aware that it was written later than that novel. Actually, the strange feeling is because of the shock we randomly suffer when we realize the same style used differently in both texts. The poetic style used to describe the “child’s dream”, makes itself present to describe the disgraces and (few) embraces of Oliver’s life as well. Because of this subtle difference, the death, present in most (perhaps all) of Dickens’s writings, assumes a fine shape, though it keeps its bitter taste.
Another interesting thing about the Child’s Dream is how Dickens developed the story using a kind of English we may call “standard”. This statement is possible when a comparison among his other writings, mainly his novels, is made. Therefore, almost every person could read it, though his publications were always sold and well read.
Plenty of other writers, such as Virginia Woolf and Henry James, considered Charles Dickens a sentimental and unrealistic writer. Nonetheless, A Child’s Dream of a Star, an unexpected story (unexpected because of its simplicity and contents in comparison to its predecessors), conquered his loyal readers as well as children, with its messages of optimism and hope. No matter what critics may say, Dickens’ sentimentalism lives its immortality.