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Oliver Twist In the extract "Oliver's first sight of London" Dickens uses very descriptive words right from the first sentence like dirtier, wretched

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Introduction

Oliver Twist Coursework Oliver Twist was written in 1837 by Charles Dickens. It was published in monthly parts in a magazine called Bentley's Miscellany. Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist because of his own personal experience of being poor as a child. He wanted to open the middle class eyes to the poverty and unfairness of society. He was outraged by the new poor law that passed in 1834 decreasing the rations given to the poor in the workhouses. They decreased so much that many of the workers died of starvation. The law was passed because many believed that people enjoyed the workhouse as it was an easy life. Living Conditions for the poor were appalling. Many large families often had to crowd in one room. Some often died of starvation or got killed at work by dangerous machinery. In the extract "Oliver's first sight of London" Dickens uses very descriptive words right from the first sentence like dirtier, wretched, filthy odours to make London sound like a nasty place. ...read more.

Middle

The description of Fagin is shown through things you see not things he does as a person. Dickens is making you see how much of an impact Fagin's lifestyle has on the way people in the play act towards him. In the extract of the London Bridge at night, the description is portrayed right from the very start. The church clocks chime three quarters past eleven, as two figures emerged on London Bridge. It gives you the spooky, gloomy image of the dead of night and people meeting for a strange thing. It describes to alike people very differently. One a woman who looked eagerly about her as though in quest of some expected object, and the other was that of a man, who slunk along in the deepest shadow he could find, and, at some distance, accommodated his pace to hers, stopping when she stopped. Just from two lines of the play, the amount of thought that dickens has put in is extortionate. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the extract Bethnal Green Road it opens with description of the day changing. It explains the way many of the lamps were already extinguished and a few country wagons were slowly toiling on, towards London. This gives the image of morning London life in the 18th century. It describes the kind of scene in morning London life. The quote "As they approached the city, the noise and traffic gradually increased: when they threaded the streets between Shoreditch and Smithfield, it had swelled into a roar of sound and bustle" suggests that Bethnal Green Road is a rather quiet and peaceful road compared to the main part of London that they are approaching. In conclusion I think that dickens is a very descriptive writer, his use of words and vocabulary really get the image across to the reader. This works well in Oliver Twist as Dickens is a social reformer who is trying to inform the middle and upper classes of the appauling conditions the poor had to live in. The use of powerful words also emphasises Dickens point as a social reformer. ...read more.

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