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Oliver twist - I am going to analyze how Charles Dickens portrayed Oliver's life to show his audience the poverty, sickness and desperation that he saw around him ever since he was young.

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Oliver twist essay I am going to analyze how Charles Dickens portrayed Oliver's life to show his audience the poverty, sickness and desperation that he saw around him ever since he was young. The fictitious character Oliver twist was born into extreme poverty. As Dickens writes: 'It remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all.' Charles Dickens had first hand experience of poverty; his parents were imprisoned for a year for being offenders of the poor laws- they hadn't enough money to support their family and got into debt, which they couldn't pay. So Charles spent most of his time walking around the dirty back streets of London, where he witnessed a great deal of poor people who had been reduced to criminals, prostitutes and beggars who lived surrounded by poverty, disease and abandoned children whose parents were either dead or not able to look after their offspring financially. The vast division in society of lower and upper classes influenced Dickens to write to tell other people what the conditions for the poor were really like. He had to be subtle; he didn't want to alienate his upper class audience. So he wrote a novel, revolving around memorable characters and places to entertain his audience. Dickens knew that people learnt more and were more willing to listen whilst being entertained, so he wrote history as entertainment. ...read more.

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But the parochial board do not care either; they see children from the same view as Mrs Mann- a moneymaking business. Dickens purpose in doing this was to shock his upper class audience by exaggerating the poor conditions in which Oliver lives. At Mrs. Mann's, Oliver, along with the other children, are punished for wanting food or warmth. But Mrs. Mann gets a surprise call from Mr. Bumble, the local beadle. 'Only think of that! That I should have forgotten that the gate was bolted on the inside, on account of them dear children!' locking the beadle out of the house gave her enough time to get the boys a little bit cleaner, because if Mr. Bumble found out she was mistreating the boys she would have lost her job. 'Buttering up' Mr. Bumble is the only way to get on his good side, before he sees the starved, dirty and beaten children. The reason for the beadle's visit is that Oliver, now being nine years old, is now too old to remain under her care, and the parochial board want him in the workhouse. When dickens writes 'He had sense enough to make a feint of feeling regret at going away.' It is evident that Oliver had been beaten too many times not to know that the way she treats him is their 'secret.' ...read more.

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lain in a calm and lasting sleep in the churchyard ground' Considering that Oliver is only nine years old, to know that the only way to find peace is through death would be very disconcerting in this day and age, but then Oliver had no one to love, or to love him or even pity him. Everyone has either read, seen, heard about knows of the story of Oliver Twist. The story is so deeply rooted in our culture; the plot and characters are so well known to us that they have become almost myth like. You don't have to have read the book to know the story of Oliver Twist. The story was turned into a successful musical too. Dickens gave the story distinct characters that made the plot so memorable, this was done purposefully to get the story and its messages known and remembered. Dickens used very old English language, his sentence structure is complex and his words long and old fashioned. For example, dickens would write a whole paragraph that would consist of just one sentence. One of his reasons for doing this was because he was being paid per word, so it makes sense to write long sentences. Now, we would not use the same language and his way of writing today. But, although his language may sometimes be difficult to understand, the way he depicts Oliver and the other characters is clear. ...read more.

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