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  1. THROUGH AN EXPLORATION OF THE WAYS THAT DICKENS PRESENTS OLIVER TWIST, DISCUSS WHAT DICKENS HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS CONTEMPORY SOCIETY

    Dickens was only a young boy at this time but did experience the ways in which the poor were treated. He was separated from his family and only reunited with them when a friend of the family leant them the money, so they could get of debt. This is why I think Dickens felt so sorry and pitied the poor for he himself knew what it was like to be looked down upon and treated unjustly because of your financial status.

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  2. How suitably does Charles Dickens portray society's attitude towards under privileged children in the novel 'Oliver Twist'?

    His whole life is a struggle. His birth begins a life that is a long tale of woes. His ill treatment in the branch workhouse was one more phase in his life of "sorrow and trouble". His mother dies during childbirth because medicine was not quite advanced at the time and so the child becomes an orphan. "once- a parish child-the orphan of a workhouse-the humble, half starved drudge- to be cuffed and buffeted through the world- despised by all, and pitied by none." Authorities at the workhouse send Oliver to a branch-workhouse for "juvenile offenders against the poor-laws."

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  3. How does Dickens portray his attitude to charity in the

    Each unoin had a workhouse, and all those seeking relief were required to become inmates in the work house. The new law made seeking relief as undesirable as possible. These workhouses were little more than a prison for the poor. Charles Dickens showed his own attitude on the poor law in sarcasm and personification. "Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance that can possibly befall a human being." Here Dickens is being sarcastic he saying that it couldn't be considered good being born into a work house.

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  4. Examine Dickens' fascination with crime, Police and detective work, and the city, and show how this is represented in the narrative of Oliver Twist together with some of his journalistic articles.

    Oliver Twist and Great Expectations both stem from and portray painful experiences that occurred in Dickens's past. Therefore, it is imperative that in order to understand Dickens's fascination with the major themes mentioned above, we should firstly see how and why the fascination arrived there. House states, "a feeling of bitter loneliness, isolation, ostracism or irrevocable disgrace...Dickens's childhood had been such that all these feelings, at different times at different degrees, had been his: he knew no security and no tenderness: the family home was for a time the Marshlea Prison, and for six months Dickens himself was a wretched drudge in a blacking factory.

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  5. How does Dickens persuade his readers of the dangers and horrors of Victorian London in his novel 'Oliver Twist'?

    After three years the law had become fully effective and the consequences of decision were obvious. Dickens was always protesting against the harsh treatment of the poor and was always on a crusade to resolve the problems. It was at this point that Dickens decided to take action by writing 'Oliver Twist'. Dickens can really sympathise with the poor characters in his book and the young children in his novel as he has been in their position. After his father was taken to debtor's prison, twelve-year-old Dickens was sent to a shoe blacking factory to earn money.

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  6. Discuss how Charles Dickens portrays the murder of Nancy in Oliver Twist paying particular attention to his use of setting, character, language and events leading up to the murder.

    At that time stories which had ghosts, crime and suspense were enjoyed. This era was called the "Romantic Era." Even though people enjoyed these types of stories, women fainted during the readings such as when he was reading "Fatal Consequences," Even Dickens blood pressure and pulse rate went to extreme extents and very high risk. The chapter was so melodramatic even Dickens was shocked and terrified. "Fatal Consequences" suggests to us that there will be a tragedy in this chapter, Dickens makes us have sympathy for Nancy during the novel and so when she is murdered we begin to have hatred for Sikes and feel sorry for Nancy.

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  7. Analyse the presentation of Bill Sykes in the novel `Oliver Twist`. You should refer to aspects such as the author's viewpoint, language and the social and historical context.

    In stark contrast to the houses he "works" at Bill lives in the heart of one of London's most poverty stricken districts. This gives us an impression of Bill living as only a parasite, feeding of the honest workers of his city. It also allows Dickens to push the idea that it is partly the aforesaid poverty that drives people to breaking the law. Dickens also tells that the heartless piece of work as being in an intimate sexual relationship with the "fallen lady" Nancy.

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  8. Oliver Twist Coursework.

    The warmth and humour of his personality appeared in all of his works. Perhaps in no other large body of fiction does the reader receive so strong and agreeable an impression of the person behind the story. He gave them sentimental love scenes, a horrifying glimpse of the criminal underworld, a virtuous hero in Oliver, and nasty villains in Bill Sikes and Fagin and he wrapped it all up in a complicated, puzzling mystery story. 150 yrs he challenged his readers to consider things they would rather have ignored. He drew for them a picture of London's slums that was shocking in its realism.

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  9. How suitably does Charles Dickens portrays the misery of the 19th century orphans in his well known novel "Oliver Twist" ?

    The workhouse where the orphans are kept, does not really take care and protect the orphans instead makes them do all the work . The orphans were starved . Dickens has used descriptive style very effectively through out the novel to portray the misery of the orphans . He has used sarcasm ,satire ,comparisons, exaggerations in a very impressive manner. .The author has used characters like Oliver Twist to depict us the misery of the orphans and the troubles they faced.

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  10. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th centuryLondon society in his novel "Oliver Twist"?

    This descriptive writing makes the novel seem very realistic and maintains the interest of the reader. Through his language we get a view of London society. Dickens often uses exaggerations in his writing to emphasize his point and make it more effective. He also uses sarcasm to punch his messages to the readers. Reference to nature in the novel often paves the roadway to what would happen soon afterwards. Dickens also uses nature to symbolize the conditions of the lower class section of society. When Dickens was twelve, his family fortunes were on the decline. Charles was sent to work in a boot- bleaching factory and to hoard with other unwanted children in Mrs.Roylance's house.

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  11. How effectively does Dickens use language to portray the misery of orphans in the novel 'Oliver Twist'?

    At that time in the 19th century when there was demand for labour, children were often made to work under miserable conditions with little or no wages. Orphans were treated very badly and were left to the mercy of their caretakers who were not even bothered about them. Dickens himself was exposed to such hardships in a young age, in his novels he usually writes about the troubles faced by the middle and lower class people of society. In this novel he brings to life the troubles and horrible hardships faced by the orphans of the 19th century.

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  12. Charles Dickens uses Oliver Twist to make social comments on attitudes towards crime and poverty in 19th century England. With particular reference to chapters one and two show how he achieves this.

    At this time Dickens was writing 'Pickwick' as well as 'Oliver Twist'. 'Oliver Twist' was being written for Bentley's Miscellany as a monthly serial, possibly making some of his writing a rushed attempt. This means that 'Oliver Twist' had some of Dickens's best writing and some of his worst. In the Novel characters in 'Oliver Twist' are used by Charles Dickens to present society in a variety of ways and to show his views on crime and poverty in 19th century England.

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  13. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in his novel Oliver Twist?

    .He faces malice of state institutions as well as the malice of violent criminals .The novel Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens heart felt outcry against those who forced the orphans into the under world. Oliver represents the orphans and expresses their feelings in a subtle and touching manner, evident through the story and through the events encountered in his life. Oliver Twist was mainly written by Charles Dickens to underline the cruelty that children suffered at the hands of society.

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  14. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in his novel, 'Oliver Twist'?

    This was also a popular way of drawing the reader's attention and sympathy to the character and perhaps we might feel the same way about Dickens because the character in the novel shared the same experiences as Dickens himself, which makes his novels more of autobiographies than anything else. In his novels we can also distinguish people who have played a role in his own life. We can compare his own life to the life that David Copperfield led or Mr.

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  15. Explore the ways in which human suffering is portrayed in Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' and James Watson's 'Talking in Whispers'. How do the writers create sympathy for the characters of Andres Larreta and Oliver Twist?

    Oliver experiences abuse at the workhouse. He was very poor and had little food, which made him hungry. He had to work to stay alive. Although his work only earned him just about enough to survive. "The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities." The author Charles Dickens states that Oliver is hungry and is in a poor situation. Another instance of physical suffering Oliver experiences, is the beating he receives after he has a fight with Noah. "Oliver's clothes had been torn in the beating he had received; his face was bruised and scratched; and his hair scattered over his forehead."

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  16. Examine the portrayal of Life On The Streets in Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and Swindells’ “Stone Cold”

    Oliver was born into homelessness and the workhouse; his mother was an unknown woman in labour who had walked many miles to the workhouse, as there would be a doctor and a nurse there. His mother died in childbirth, making him an orphan with no known relations. He was sent to start out life in the 'baby farm'. In the words of Charles Dickens 'He fell into place at once - a parish child - the orphan of the workhouse - the humble, half starved drudge - to be cuffed and buffeted through the world - despised by all, and pitied by none'.

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