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When Charles Dickens was a child, his entire family was put in a deptater's prison as his father owed money. As Dickens struggled through horrific factory conditions, he witnessed people and events that stayed with him for the left of his life. When Dickens father was released after inheriting some money, Dickens returned to school where he furthered his education and went on to careers such as a Law Clerk and a Journalist and eventually becoming a writer. Charles Dickens was the second eldest child well-known, respected writer of the 19th Century but he was not really noticed until the 20th Century. He was not shy in expressing his deep-felt of the society in which he lived. His childhood was the basis of his writing about the appalling conditions of the dark society that surrounded him. Through his career he carried his childhood, which was lined with the torment of social and economic life on the streets of London in this Victorian England. The Novel is about an orphan called Oliver Twist who was born into the workhouse just before his mother died. With no way to know if Oliver has a father, he was legally the responsibility of the Parish Board. ...read more.


The Middle Class was in charge of the running of the workhouses. The workhouses were put in place to help support the poor. In 1834, the 'Poor Law' stated that the poor could only receive government assistance if they left there own homes or wherever they were living and entered the workhouse. The workhouse was a place where the poor could receive shelter in very crowed conditions. Food was rationed and the people inside the workhouse had to do hard labour to survive in the workhouse. The middle classes who were running the workhouse considered its residents as immoral and evil. They believed that that if someone was evil, then they should not have anything to make them happy. Dickens shows through the pages of Oliver twist that people who entered the workhouse received no consideration from others in any class. We see this when he describes Oliver in the workhouse. "Despised by all and pities by none" The people in charge of the workhouses thought that they were 'doing Gods work' by making there lives a misery. Dickens describes the very bad conditions of the workhouse and the appalling way that illustrating to us that the people were almost equal to 'Inmates' treated the people inside the workhouse. ...read more.


Another thing that Dickens showed us about the Legal system was that they had no consideration for the person on trial, even if he was a sick child. We see this when twist asks for a drink of water when he was not feeling well, but his request was declined. Also, Dickens recalls his Childhood through the legal system and his attitude portraying how harsh the Punishment was and the Prison conditions being fair. We see this when a young boy is sent to prison for sleeping under a haystack. "...Two men and a boy were in a cage in Kingston..... The suspicious circumstances however ... they had Been discovered sleeping under a haystack." Dickens describes the Legal System as harsh, not accurate uncaring and the prisons are in bad condition, all through the novel Oliver Twist. Dickens Portrays London at this time as a society littered with crime, prostitution, disease and unemployment. The poor at this time very often turned to crime due to orphanage or unemployment. This was because the workhouse had been given a bad reputation for the bad conditions and little food supply. People needed to stay alive and so the only way that the lower class thought that they could. Dickens portrays this with Feigns orphan boys pick pocketing. By Declan Small 12R ...read more.

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