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19th Century Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and 20th Century Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck - Compare and contrast how these authors use language to depict the murder scenes in their novels.

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19th Century Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 20th Century Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck Q. Compare and contrast how these authors use language to depict the murder scenes in their novels. In both novels there is a big difference between both murder scenes. The reason for these differences is that the two novels were written in two different centuries. Charles Dickens wrote his novel in the 19th century and was brutally honest about what life was like in the 19th century London, even if it was not to the higher classed peoples tastes. Dickens grew up in poverty and used his past experiences to help write his novel. He also used his past experiences of living in poverty to write his novel in great detail. The 19th century readers believed strongly in differences in classes. References to God were not uncommon in the Victorian times, but now modern authors have to be very careful about what they put into their books as to not upset the general public. The language used in Dickens' novel is very complicated and complex, this is due to the fact that only a few could read in the Victorian times and those who could, could do it well. ...read more.


Oh! Think of all that I have given up, only this one night, for you. You shall have time to think, and save yourself from this crime; I will not loose my hold, you cannot throw me off, Bill, Bill, for dear God's sake, for your own, for mine, stop before you spill my blood! I have been true to you, upon my guilty soul I have!". That sentence shows us that Nancy believes passionately that she has done nothing wrong and that she is trying desperately to stop the murderous Bill from hurting her. Nancy does a few more pleas with much the same content, still trying to stop Sikes from killing her. We really do feel bad for Nancy when she does finally get murdered. I suppose in a few ways the two women are quite the same. They both have to work really hard, either doing a job like Nancy, or doing the housework like Curly's wife. Also both women do not have a very good social life, especially Curly's wife who has absolutely no social life at all and is forbidden to talk to anyone but Curly. In both the novels we feel deep sympathy for both women because they both seem innocent and are killed in unfair ways. ...read more.


Is just one of the examples of the type of aggressive language that Dickens used. After each murder each writer does a different thing that influences the way the reader perceives each character. In 'Of Mice And Men' after Curly's wife had been murdered the writer no longer concentrates on Lennie but the dead body of Curly's wife. Steinbeck describes every detail in the room and tells the reader about how the world suddenly becomes quiet 'It was very quiet in the barn, and the quiet of the afternoon was on the ranch. Even the clang of the pitched shoes, even the voices of the men in the game seemed to grow more quiet.' In Dickens' novel the focus of the story remains on Bill Sikes after he has killed Nancy and how he deals with the situation. Dickens also pays attention to the surroundings of Sikes, he carefully describes the room he is in and the lighting. Sikes tries to stop the light of the sun entering the room because he thinks that the light of the sun will discover his horrible secret. Sikes is in a state of shock and starts to imagine things. He imagines that the eyes inside Nancy's head stared at him while he was trying to dispose of the body. Because both novels were written in different times and places, obviously they are very different. ...read more.

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