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Read chapters 8-11 of Oliver Twist describing Oliver's arrival in Londonand his early adventures with Fagin and his gang. How does Dickens make Oliver's adventures memorable for his readers?

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GSCE ENGLISH Oliver Twist: Pre 1914 prose study Read chapters 8-11 of Oliver Twist describing Oliver's arrival in London and his early adventures with Fagin and his gang. How does Dickens make Oliver's adventures memorable for his readers? In this essay I am going to study the story of 'Oliver Twist' and write about how Charles Dickens makes Oliver's adventures with Fagin and his gang memorable for his readers. Dickens uses language to manipulate his reader's feelings. Dickens loved the theatre and knew he could get an audience very involved by producing strong, exaggerated feelings. He uses a lot of emotive language in his story e.g. The story of 'Oliver Twist' was written by Charles John Huffam Dickens. Charles Dickens was born on Friday 7th February 1812 at Portsmouth. He was middle lower class. His father was jailed for debt and with no one to maintain him; he was sent to work in a blacking factory. The labour force included urchins and rough working class boys; here he was forced to accept the reality of poverty. The story of 'Oliver Twist' is about a young boy and the story teaches the reader about the 19th century, it teaches the reader about the divisions of upper and lower classes. ...read more.

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Oliver is polite and na�ve and he does as Fagin says. He's more innocent than the other boys. Oliver stays a night, then in page 108 Oliver awakes from his sleep to see Fagin with his precious secret jewels he has kept from Sikes, from this we can learn a lot about the character of Fagin. From this Oliver has information he could pass onto Sikes, so at this point Fagin becomes scared of Oliver and what he could do, so he treats Oliver nicely. Fagin sticks up for Oliver and looks out for him. The atmosphere is calm and cosy. When the Jew notices Oliver is awake; the mood immediately changes. The Jew becomes violent and his actions are dramatic. '... a loud crash; and, laying his hand on bread knife which was on the table, started furiously up.' The description is so dramatic and emotive. The words mean danger and the reader is desperate to read on. Fagin uses short, quick questions. The sudden change in the mood is exciting and is memorable because you see a side of Fagin that has not yet been shown before. In chapter ten, Oliver is taken out with the Artful Dodger and Charlie Bates. ...read more.

Conclusion

Oliver is upset and scared and he knows that stealing is bad. And when he is caught he is punched by a member of the crowd chasing him 'Poor fellow...he has hurt himself' 'I did that, sir...and I preciously I cut my knuckles agin' his mouth. I stopped him, sir' from this we are meant to feel even sorrier for Oliver as this was not called for and he was not to blame. It must have hurt and the reader is meant to be against the man who threw the punch as well as the others that gave him eyed him with an expression of dislike. Overall I feel this is a very moving story, it gives us a range of different feelings and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favourite part of the novel was when Sikes took Oliver up onto the roof, and was been very selfish, in chapter 50. Also I think the most memorable part of the play was when the police were trying to get into Fagin's place. Sikes and the boys had locked themselves upstairs but Fagin had been locked out on the stairs and was actually scared and we felt sorry for him, because I think this also opened another side to Fagin's character. Rachael Smith November 2003 Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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