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charles dickens essay - oliver twist

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Oliver Twist Being born just before your mother dies is a terrible thing to have to deal with, but to have no other relative to care for you, nurture you and to love you, it makes life incredibly difficult. However, at this age in the Victorian era, there were many complications that nowadays we do not encounter. To grow up unloved, not knowing how it feels to have a mother is already hard enough as it is, but to be shunned by society is just cruelty to one's mind. In the Victorian era, being illegitimately born was considered a horrible thing, and therefore you would've been shunned by society, you would be considered the lowest of the low. A novel which portrays these themes is Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, where Oliver was illegitimate and was mistreated in his life, not knowing love. His life was tainted, tainted by his birth, his birth as an illegitimate child burdened his life. Therefore, he faced the consequences. Agnes Fleming was pregnant with her child, Oliver Twist. "'She was brought here last night,' replied the old woman, 'by the overseer's order. She was found lying in the street; - she had walked some distance, for her shoes were worn to pieces, but where she came from, or where she was going to, nobody knows'". ...read more.

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This shows us that Oliver's conspirators did not care about him; they left him to die. This is emotive and sparks off emotions in the reader; making them question how someone can let a child die like that. Oliver regained consciousness in the ditch and stumbled to the nearest house which was the house they attempted to burgle. Mrs. Maylie, the owner of the house, takes Oliver in and protects him. This shows that not all people are uncaring, by writing this, Charles Dickens probably wanted to persuade the reader to be more like Mrs. Maylie, a caring and kind person who took Oliver in and gave him a home. Nancy, Bill Sykes girlfriend, tells Rose, Mrs Maylie's niece, also Agnes Fleming's sister, about Monks', a sickly, vicious young man, prone to violent fits and teeming with inexplicable hatred, and Fagin's plot to destroy Oliver. Rose tells Mr. Brownlow what Nancy has told her, Harry Maylie, Mr. Grimwig and Mr Losberne were also briefed. Fagin comes to the conclusion that Nancy has betrayed the gang and tells Bill Sykes, who bludgeons her to death. When Oliver was in his birth town he received a will from his father who had died long before the events in the novel, he was the father of Monks' also but had separated from Monks' mother and had a love affair with Agnes Fleming, Oliver's mother. ...read more.

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I think he also based parts of Oliver's life in the workhouse to show his readers how awful the workhouse conditions were and the harsh mistreatment that people of any age could receive. The way Charles Dickens wrote his novel was an extremely effective way to catch his reader's attention. He used Oliver's innocence to appeal to the readers so that he can use their sympathy to aid him in his mission to change the social climate. He used his own experiences to make the effect more powerful. Charles Dickens disliked the way society was run. The workhouses, child labour, illegitimacy, injustice, all these he made comments on using his novel and using Oliver's character as an example. He used his popularity to influence people with his opinions and his social comments. He wanted to capture his readers' sympathy and use it to try and make the society a better place to live in, a place where everyone could be treated fairly and equally without discrimination. 11th April 2005 Ms Brooks C/w H/w Venh-Pat Ly // 9F Assignment Details: In what way was Charles Dickens making a social comment with his novel, Oliver twist? - 1 - ...read more.

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