• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Chapter 5 of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist

Extracts from this document...


Chapter Five of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist Charles Dickens was a very important writer in the Victorian era. He was a very successful and respected author of many well known books, including Oliver Twist. His stories were published in magazines and newspapers of his time and focused mainly on the social issues of the poor. Dickens felt strongly about the welfare of poorer classes because he live in both fortunate and unfortunate conditions, so can easily compare both lives. His situation when his parents were sent to prison for debt were unfortunate; he had to go earn money for the family and lived in poverty during his younger years. This is when he decided to raise awareness, and he felt he was in a right position to too, coming from a well-off family and suddenly falling into a completely different lifestyle. Dickens main concern, which he portrayed in the majority of his stories, was the hate and segregation between rich and poor. The poor, if they did work, worked in claustrophobic workhouses with minimal pay. The rooms they lived in were filthy and infested with vermin. ...read more.


It also gives the sense that the hygiene is poor and the people are overwhelmed by the dirt and filth of their own houses. Using the word 'stagnant' makes the description really strong, and creates a powerful image of houses that are stale and left uncared for. The horrible conditions also made people depressed and angry towards other people. People who live in these slums live in immorality; all around them they face inescapable extreme poverty. One house is described as a 'kennel' and other 'crazy dens.' Also the unavoidable dead rats are 'hideous with famine.' All this shows haw badly the people live, if rats are described in such a simple phrase, then the people's health must be indescribable. Furthermore, the people have been degraded to live like dogs, living in a 'kennel.' Using the words 'crazy den' and 'kennel' really makes you see that the people were treat worse than animals, hiding away, rotting in a decaying habitat. 'Kennels' creates an image of an empty, dark, cold and lonely place to 'live.' The things living in these 'kennels' would be neglected and seen as minorities. ...read more.


This surreptitiously makes the reader focus more on the poor mans story, and once more creating a sense of sympathy and hate towards the richers. Dickens very much focuses on the cold heartedness of the rich when it comes to a very emotional event; death. This is an extremely powerful way to 'win' the reader's feelings for the poor. You can see this is one of the main points Dickens tried so hard to express to the rich; if they had helped or even became equal, lives would have been saved and happiness and harmony would have been portrayed to all levels of wealth. Dickens is trying to make everyone see that the poor are the stronger ones; coping with everyday despair, sorrow, hate and grief. He wanted people to realise that the poor should be the ones who are blessed with love and a better quality of life and standard of living, from their lives of hard work which resulted in small pay and illness, not the richers who just happened to be brought up into a wealthy family and inherited grandparent's money to survive, but not done anything to deserve it. In Dickens' eyes, the rich were clearly seen as disgusting people, people who did not deserve what they had. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Oliver Twist section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Oliver Twist essays

  1. After studying 'Oliver Twist' the reader gains understanding of the true horrors that exist ...

    This is again part of Fagin's perfect acting skills. He is not only able to fool those who do not associate with him frequently but he is able to suppress his feelings in front of those who know him best.

  2. In what ways does dickens create effective images of people and places. Explore this ...

    Let me stay here and be a servant. Don't send me back to the wretched place I came from. Have mercy upon a poor boy, sir; do!' " This tells the reader that he likes staying there and wants to stay here he is comfortable and by the looks of things can tell the old gentleman almost anything.

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    This portrays Mr. Brownlow's home as 'heaven itself.' The use of a string of adjectives, 'quiet,' 'neat,' 'kind,' gives an idea as to why Oliver liked being there. The house is being compared to heaven, again showing us that Oliver appreciated all the care and attention he was getting and did not want to leave these surroundings.

  2. How does Charles Dickens expose Victorian society's awful treatment of the poor?

    time to be so very industrious' Dickens is trying to point out to his readers that the poor can still be good; Oliver doesn't even think about criminal actions. It backs up his 'nature v nurture' argument (Nature v nurture is the argument on whether a person is naturally good

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    .I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which he tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of a famine." Dickens graphic language here, effectively and vividly describes the intensity of his hunger, and the slow torture, which had been imposed upon him.

  2. Show how Dickens has created atmosphere and tension through his descriptions of setting and ...

    or I'll cut your throat!', confirming to the reader that he is dangerous. This contrast in characters makes the reader, who is already sympathising with Pip, fear for his safety, and in doing so begin a build-up of tension in wanting to know what will happen to him.

  1. How suitably does Charles Dickens portrays the misery of the 19th century orphans in ...

    their hunger .This also arouses our sympathy for the orphans as they did not eat anything except a small pieces of bread. "hunger and recent ill usage are great assistants if you want to cry "and Oliver cried very naturally cried very naturally indeed" This line represents other orphans .

  2. Charles Dickens uses Oliver Twist to make social comments on attitudes towards crime and ...

    then orders them to kill Oliver to get him out of his way. He is a part of the hell of the criminal world that Dickens is showing the reader in this novel. He is also a feeble and melodramatic character who is captured thanks to the Rose Maylie and the mastermind of Mr Brownlow, he then confesses his plans.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work