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Comparing Oliver Twist and A Kestrel for a Knave.

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Wider Reading Coursework: Comparing Oliver Twist and A Kestrel for a Knave. I am going to compare two famous novels with each other. The first of the two books is 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens, a heart-warming story of a boy whose mother dies at birth and his adventures around London. The second book is 'A Kestrel for a Knave' by Barry Hines, a story of a poor boy who is bullied and ignored by everyone except a loving Kestrel. The book 'Oliver Twist' is dated as a pre 20th novel as it was written around 1914, 'A Kestrel for a Knave' is a more recent 20th century novel as it was written around 1970. A tired young woman who is heavily pregnant staggers into a poor boys workhouse in the middle of the night, then gives birth and then dies. No one new who the woman was or where she was from or the name of her new born son. With little discussion he is named Oliver Twist by the parish beadle Mr Bumble. Oliver is adopted by the workhouse and left under the care of Mrs Mann who is usually drunk and Mrs Corney who has a short temper. ...read more.


Once the work is done the two run leaving Oliver who tries to pursue the two but is pursued him-self by the crowd as the culprit. Once caught and beaten he is put before a magistrate. Luckily for Oliver Mr Brownlow witnessed the actions of The Dodger and Bates and his evidence clears Oliver of the charges. Taking pity on the young the boy he decides to take him. During his stay in the company of Mr Brownlow Oliver catches a fever but is well cared for and is nursed by his maid Mrs Bedwin. Through this type of kindness and generosity Oliver is happy for his first time. In Bedwin's sitting room there is a hanging portrait of a woman of which Oliver is a living copy. The look in its eyes the head the mouth everything is identical, this startles Mr Brownlow but nothing is thought of this at the time. Fagin meanwhile is desperate for Oliver's return, as he knows too much about the goings on in this small group of bandits. He decides to recruit the mission of finding Oliver to a vicious fellow known as Bill Sikes and his poor wife Nancy. ...read more.


Fagin tells Sikes, and in a frantic rage engineered by Nancy's treachery, he clubs her violently to death. Sikes quickly runs to the countryside and tries to kill his trusty dog Bullseye. When Sikes returns, he heads to the gangs headquarters where he is not welcomed and is resented for the murder he committed. Fagin is nowhere to be seen as there was a recent police raid and he and Noah Claypole were arrested. Charley Bates raises the alarm that Sikes had arrived and the few remaining boys chase him across the roofs as he tries to escape. He slips and ends up being hanged; his dog Bullseye falls to his death trying to follow his master. Fagin is found guilty after a sensational trial for unspecified crimes, The Dodger is transported and Noah escapes charges as he testifies for the prosecution. At the Maylie's, Mr Brownlow is given custody over Oliver and all is reviled. It turns out that Monks is in fact Edward Leeford, Oliver's half-brother. The farther of Oliver and Monks seduced Agnes Fleming, Oliver's mother, and promised to marry her whilst he was still married to Monks' mother. The fathers will stated that ...read more.

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