• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Oliver Twist.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The novel "Oliver Twist" was written in the Victorian period by the famous Charles Dickens, witch was also the period of the industrial revolution. Because the population was very high and still increasing the demand for goods also dramatically increased. With such a high demand the living conditions and goods such as food and clothing severally lacked in quality. The living conditions for the poor people in large cities where very bad, so bad in fact that family's were forced to share one room between themselves. The amendment of the poor law was introduced in 1834, this law was made to disapprove of poor people living in workhouses. Workhouses were horrible places to be, only people who had no other choice's would live and work there. People who were in there would be separated according to their gender and age. This novel begins with the birth of Oliver twist, after Oliver's mother had given birth she hardly had the strength to hold her own baby in her arms. ...read more.

Middle

I think Charles dickens chose the name Mrs. Mann because it reflected the characters personality, she is a manly and strong character. Life in the workhouse was horrible, the conditions where very poor and the children where practically starving. The boys where fed watery gruel three times a day. Oliver along with all the other children was skinny and small. The children chose between themselves who would go up and ask the master for more gruel after supper and in the end it came down to Oliver. So he went and asked, the workhouse governors were horrified at his crime so they locked him in a cell for over a week. Sum one would come in everyday and beat him. Oliver escaped to London and met a character name Jack Dawkins (AKA the Artful Dodger). He took Oliver to a place were he could stay. We then meet the character "Fagin" who introduced himself to Oliver. Fagin and his gang are thieves, but Oliver realizes this yet. ...read more.

Conclusion

After everything he's been through he still refuses to go back to the workhouse or the undertakers. I personally felt sympathy towards Oliver because I believe that no child should have gone through the kinds of things he did. I think that in the end Oliver got what he disserved, a nice family and home with parents who take good care of him. In conclusion, Oliver's life had been completely turned around by the time we reached the end of the novel, he started off in a terrible home and even worse guardians. And in the end he found himself good parents and a nice home. I believe dickens wanted his readers to react with joy after reading the end, I as a reader felt happiness and relief for young Oliver. I think that reading Oliver Twist can be enjoyed as much if not more nowadays then many years ago. I also think that the novel influenced the readers and made them think about how the lifestyle was like many years ago compared to today, it certainly made me appreciate the fact that things aren't the way they used to be. Nitesh Khetani 10T English Coursework ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Oliver Twist section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Oliver Twist essays

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    This makes it even easier to understand the characters. It even shows the link between the setting and the characters. From the dark streets of London we move to the more pleasant parts of London. These parts of London, as we may have already guessed is the residence of the upper class of society.

  2. English Coursework - Oliver Twist - Fagin

    imagine Fagin as a horrible old gentleman with matted red hair, another feature Dickens created to make Fagin appear like the devil. Dickens uses lots of adjectives to paint a horrible picture in the reader's mind. Dickens describes Fagin's face as "repulsive" and "villainous looking".

  1. How effectively does Charles Dickens use language to portray 19th century London society in ...

    allow her to let him go through all the pain and suffering that she had undergone as,"she felt burdened with the sense of her own deep shame." Nancy represents all the other young girls who have been deprived to their lives and forced into the criminal underworld by people like

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

    Oliver then finally had had enough and tackled Noah to the ground; Mrs. Sowerberry came down (who didn't like Oliver) and locked him in the cellar. When Mr. Sowerberry returned home he really actually didn't want to punish Oliver but Mrs.

  1. How suitably does Charles Dickens portray society's attitude towards under privileged children in the ...

    The gentlemen on the workhouse board call Oliver a "savage" who is destined for the gallows. Oliver is often labeled. After Oliver's outrageous request for more food, the board schemes to send him to a brutal master, hoping that he will soon die.

  2. How does Dickens persuade his readers of the dangers and horrors of Victorian London ...

    Dickens' writing is distinguishable by the many various descriptive techniques found throughout his work. In 'Oliver Twist' the descriptions can be divided into two main groups; description of setting and description of characters. To fully persuade his audience of the dangers of London, Dickens had to ensure his descriptions were

  1. Oliver Twist Coursework.

    Oliver Twist was only the first of Dickens' novels to increase social concern and help bring about reform. During the nineteenth century there was a significant shift in the public attitudes toward criminals. The old idea was that people chose to commit crime.

  2. Explore the ways in which human suffering is portrayed in Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' ...

    But his heart was heavy, notwithstanding; and he wished, as he crept into his narrow bed, that that were his coffin, and that he could be laid in a calm and lasting sleep in the churchyard ground." Oliver dislikes being alone and having nobody to care for him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work