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How does Charles Dickens Expose Victorian Society Awful Treatment Of The Children Of The Poor?

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How does Charles Dickens Expose Victorian Society Awful Treatment Of The Children Of The Poor? In Victorian times life was very hard for the poor. The rich looked down on them when mostly they didn't understand the hardships the poor had to face in day-to-day life. The industrial revolution led to rapid growth of cities, which meant poor housing and great overcrowding occurred making the poor people's live worse. The French Revolution created fear in Britains Government causing a stronger justices system and the poor law. The poor law said that poor people were to be provided for by the workhouse. The Government felt that introducing workhouses would save parishes money and deters people from claiming unfairly. The workhouses saved money but the conditions were made as unpleasant as possible and increased the suffering, which meant that the lives of the poor were endangered further. ...read more.

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From the beginning of the novel Dickens shows the officials misunderstood of the quality of life for the poor and uses satire and sarcasm. Mrs Mann is an excellent example of being misunderstood about the hardships of children. Dickens highlights her careless attitude towards looking after poor children "So she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use." "Susan take Oliver and them two brats upstairs and wash them directly." This suggests that the children have not been bathed for a while which could lead the poor children being taken care of poorly. This also suggests that perhaps they only wash the children when the officials are there and no other time, so they give the image that they are doing a good job by making them more presentable. She appears to be a very selfish character who keeps money for herself, this shows how careless she can be. ...read more.

Conclusion

Fagin sends Oliver into a life of crime by making Oliver do dirty deeds for him. Oliver is shot at and left in a ditch to fend for himself which shows that they did not care about the poor children. Fagin made Oliver feel as if he belonged some where. Oliver felt of Fagin as a father figure as every person who had looked after him rejected him. At the end of the play Oliver is returned to his rightful family and given all the money, a healthy life and a proper father. The people who hurt him where arrested and jailed. This book was aimed to show that from birth many poor children such as Oliver were cruelly treated and lots died. The children who survived had a terrible and devastating journey to cope through and very few had the ending that Oliver had. That Victorian upper class people didn't realise what was happening and that what they did affected every person. ...read more.

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