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A Comparison Between the First Chapters of Oliver Twist and Therese Raquin
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A Comparison between the First Chapters of Oliver Twist and Therese Raquin
Oliver Twist and Therese Raquin are written by Charles Dickens and Emile Zola respectively. Oliver Twist is a critism towards the Victorian Times where classification among the high, middle and low classes was very strict. In the novel, the orphan, Oliver uses humour to get back on the society. Therese Raquin is set in Paris in the 1800s. The plot revolves around Therese Raquin who has a loveless marriage with a sickly weak man, Camille. She falls for his friend Laurent and they plot to kill Camille, resulting in a nightmare.
Oliver Twist and Camille Raquin are both the main male characters experiencing low standards of living. Their sufferings bring about the miserable lives of other characters, this sense of depression in the novel is introduced in the openings.
In Oliver Twist the first sentence directly hints the consequences that is about to come, "into this world of sorrow and trouble...it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all". Already the opening suggests an issue. The difficulty of the babies birth mentioned emphasizes the sorrow and
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