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How does Charles Dickens in the early part of Oliver Twist use the character Oliver to present his view of an unfair and corrupt world?"

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"How does Charles Dickens in the early part of Oliver Twist use the character Oliver to present his view of an unfair and corrupt world?" Charles Dickens chooses to have a young character Oliver Twist in his novel, because he was innocent, naive and harmless. A lot of things happened in Oliver's life things which weren't his fault. Oliver has a lot of courage and is a tough boy inside, because throughout his life he has had horrible experiences and has coped with them on his own. In the workhouse the boys were starving they had very little to eat many children broke down or died of hunger but not Oliver he was a strong boy mentally and physically. It wasn't Oliver's fault that he was brought up in a workhouse, he was an orphan and had to do strictly what the beadle and Mrs Mann told him to do. In the Victorian times, life for some people was an unfair and corrupt world. In the novel "Oliver Twist", this is shown in many ways. This novel is about a young, innocent boy called "Oliver" who is brought up in a hard disadvantaged world. The conditions were extremely cruel, especially for the poor and the young orphans such as Oliver Twist who were sent to work in the workhouses at a very young age. ...read more.

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They couldn't do anything about it, all they could do was hope that it would stop or they'd runaway. Oliver had to attend funerals with the Sowereberry's, this was part of Oliver's job this was a daily routine for him. He was to watch young children get buried; this was unfair, as Oliver is young and therefore shouldn't have to be forced to do these jobs. Corruptness is shown when Oliver was made to sleep amongst other coffins, which is rather disturbing and very cruel. As some of the coffins may have had dead bodies still in the coffins waiting to get buried the next day. This was a very nasty thing to do to anybody especially young, na�ve and gullible children. Oliver wasn't any better off than other boys who became chimney sweeps. Because the boys who became chimney sweeps inhale smoke, this wasn't very good for your health. However, he was better off than other orphans, who became chimney sweeps because this was very dangerous job particularly for young children. People who did not work in the workhouses saw asking for more food as a sin. Oliver says, "Please Sir I want some more." This means that Oliver was still hungry but there was no sympathy towards Oliver from the Beadle and Mrs. Mann. To them it showed that he was being ungrateful and ill-mannered. ...read more.

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This is not fair Oliver shouldn't be treated like this for other peoples needs his treated like a slave. Bill Sikes is corrupt because he takes children to do his jobs for him; he uses and abuses them just like Nancy the prostitute. This is unfair because Oliver is being pushed about and should be treated with respect. Bill isn't a committed person towards the boys, his selfish, and inconsiderate he was only out for himself. Bill is a violent man and a murderer he has no feelings for anyone. Oliver doesn't become corrupted because he realizes what Fagin is doing is wrong and causes people to suffer have unbearable feelings. Corruption can happen to anyone especially if you're young and naive. We learn in this book how unfair and corrupt the society was through Oliver because a young boy was submitted to torture and pain. Corruption is an evil and devious thing that causes abhorrence and misery. England showed this by vital laws being brought in the society, to make people aware of what they were doing was it right or wrong. People were treated as prisoners and they were prohibited to have healthy food and have a spectacular life. If they were filled with self-esteem they would want to carry on, be determined in life and enjoy it; in today's society they would be very appreciative. ...read more.

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