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The Old Curiosity Shop
SUBJECTS — Literature/England; World/England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Gambling Addiction; Parenting;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 11+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1994; 300 minutes; Color; Made for television.
The Old Curiosity Shop is a riveting tale of adventure, devotion, and redemption. It follows the travails of saintly Little Nell as she tries to save her grandfather, a compulsive gambler. They roam the countryside of 19th century England seeking to evade the villainous creditor, Mr. Quilp. Their travels bring them into contact with a host of fascinating characters.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Old Curiosity Shop will help teachers and parents use this Dickens classic to introduce England during the 19th century, and concepts of codependence such as the "enabler in chief," "caretaker child," and "family hero" in a family system distorted by addiction.
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The Old Curiosity Shop is an early tale of gambling addiction, showing its strong parallels with alcoholism.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below the Benefits section of the Learning Guide to The Old Curiosity Shop.
Benefits: This film shows some of the effects of gambling addiction and the psychological syndromes of codependence called the "Enabler in Chief" (or the "Caretaker") and the "Family Hero." Dickens exhibits acute psychological insights, anticipating the discoveries of contemporary psychology.
The movie also depicts the English social landscape of the 19th century, detailing the brutalizing effects of greed and poverty and the pitiful vulnerability of women and children.
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