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Through character, tone, and point of view, Charles Dickens creates Oliver Twist as a vehicle for social concerns for the poor in 1980s English Society.

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Edriena Velaj Per.4 11/27/11 Oliver Twist By: Charles Dickens The Novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens shows the life of Oliver Twist the main character, who was born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse. Both parents dead, and forced to move from place to place, he overcomes many obstacles. Through character, tone, and point of view, Charles Dickens creates Oliver Twist as a vehicle for social concerns for the poor in 1980?s English Society. In ?Oliver twist?, Oliver Twist the main character and protagonist is cursed with an impoverished life style as an orphan in a workhouse. Dickens states ?So they established the rule that all poor people should have the alternative (for they would compel nobody, not they) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it.?(Dickens 6). This shows how people live in the workhouse, where Oliver had been sent to. Also, it states that the only way poor people could get public assistance is if they lived at an official workhouse and followed all of their rules. Nancy a young prostitute and a former pickpocket of Fagin?s (Fagin takes in homeless children and teaches them how to pickpocket). ...read more.

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Cheston says ? ?something which shocked with the mere simplicity of death, quivers when we read of those repeated blows or see Sikes cursing the tell-tale cur who will follow his bloody footprints.?(1). This quote shows the tone as terror and violent as Sikes kills Nancy blow after blow. It also shows Sikes being vulgar in language and acts. Dickens states ?Painfully real, reaches its hideous height in that fine scene of death of Sikes, the besigned, house boy screaming within??(Dickens 335). This quote shows the death of Sikes and how scared Oliver is, he went through so much and could only leave the boy traumatized and scared for what will happen next. Oliver lives a life of loneliness and despair through the whole novel he goes through deaths Nancy and Bill Sikes. Dickens says ?By what, or by whom, nobody knows, for the clerk and jailor coughed very loud, just at the right moment; and the former dropped a heavy book upon the floor, thus preventing the word from being heard--accidently, of course.?(Dickens 334). This shows even when people are put in jail poor or rich they still criticize others and respect no one. People of the Victorian era are narcissistic and conceded. ...read more.

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This made the society force the poor into workhouses. Dickens states ?NO one could have imagined at the time that this bitterness ran in an unbroken river under all the surges of that superb gaiety and exuberance.? (2). The sadness and sorrow of the society was never thought to last as long as it did but the society kept pushing the poor down every time they tried to do something with there lives. ??Dickens had been from the beginning bitter and inquisitive about the problem of our civilization.?(Goodheart 21). Dickens has always known what the society was he knew that people were not fair and tried to portray this in the novel. He put in detailed sentences and imagery throughout the story to portray a ruthless world stuck in the shadows. For example when Charles says ?For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble?, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear a name.?(Dickens 1). The world was not safe not even for newborns the doctors and nurses where not as experienced as they are today and the quality of hospitals was not as sanitary. Throughout the novel Oliver Twist there have been many examples of character, Tone, and point of views that show Oliver Twist being used as a vehicle for social concerns for the poor in 1980?s English Society by Charles Dickens. ...read more.

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