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In what ways does dickens create effective images of people and places. Explore this idea with reference to 3 people and places vividly described. "Among other public buildings in the town of Mudfog, it boasts one of which is common to any town great or small, to wit, a workhouse." Being born in a parish workhouse is bad enough, but when his mother dies, he becomes an orphan in the care of Mr Bumble the parish beadle. Not knowing what is right or wrong Oliver dares to ask for more after dinner and is sent to different places to be an apprentice. When another apprentice taunts him about his mother they end up fighting and Oliver runs away to London. For the first time he meets up with people and experiences he shouldn't. Oliver is one of the main characters, but he is different to all the others because he is built up from all of the experiences he goes through. This makes him seem rather boring at the beginning. Whereas other main characters such as Fagin, are set as they are and don't change because nothing that they go through changes their character as much as it does to Oliver. He is very adaptable and makes it look like he fits in but in some cases he doesn't, for example, " The gruel disappeared, and the boys whispered each other and winked at Oliver, while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger and reckless with misery. ...read more.


"He sat down on a stone bench opposite the door, which served for seat and bedstead; and casting his blood-shot eyes upon the ground, tried to collect his thoughts. After awhile, he began to remember a few disjointed fragments of what the judge had said: though it had seemed to him, at the time, that he could not hear a word. These gradually fell into their proper places, and by degrees suggested more: so that in a little time he had the whole, almost as it was delivered. To be hanged by the neck, till he was dead--that was the end. To be hanged by the neck till he was dead." In this extract it seems as if Dickens is trying to make him appeal to the reader as if we were God and ask us not to let him die. Fagin is a trapped man, even at the beginning he has trapped himself into a life of crime and has sentenced himself to death. His thoughts always center on himself even at the end when he is sentenced to death, though the crime he was charged with is not made clear. Right from the beginning we know at the back of our minds he is going to go the same way as every other person like him has and Dickens gradually hints that Fagin is more sinister than the reader first thinks and that is why the reader almost knows he would be convicted because of Dickens hinting. ...read more.


One young gentleman was very anxious to hang up his cap for him; and another was so obliging as to put his hands in his pockets, in order that, as he was very tired, he might not have the trouble of emptying them, himself, when he went to bed. These civilities would probably be extended much farther, but for a liberal exercise of the Jew's toasting-fork on the heads and shoulders of the affectionate youths who offered them. 'We are very glad to see you, Oliver, very,' said the Jew. 'Dodger, take off the sausages; and draw a tub near the fire for Oliver. Ah, you're a-staring at the pocket-handkerchiefs! eh, my dear. There are a good many of 'em, ain't there? We've just looked 'em out, ready for the wash; that's all, Oliver; that's all. Ha! ha! ha!'" In this extract Fagin is very relaxed because he is in his territory and knows where things are and feels at home and powerful because he has allowed him into his lodgings to sleep. The language Dickens uses makes it see like you are actually there with all the characters in the story. He uses it to make the reader join in with the plot and to attack the way things worked in the 1830's. Dickens manages to create effective images by using his well known descriptive writing of the people and how they fit in with the places they go or end up in. these images change the whole way the plot of the text 'Oliver Twist' affects its reader. Alex Fulker Page 1 Jan 2004 ...read more.

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