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With reference to three key passages, explore Dickens's portrayal of the treatment of children in Victorian Englandin Oliver Twist.

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With reference to three key passages, explore Dickens's portrayal of the treatment of children in Victorian England in Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on the 7th February 1812. He was the second child of a family. His grandparents were a butler and a housekeeper. His father was a clerk and was forced to move with his family to London. He had to attend a private school in Kent. By the age of 12 he had to work in a blacking factory where he spent 10 hours a day sticking labels on pots. His first job was a Lawyers' clerk. In 1837 he wrote his first novel 'The Pickwick Papers' after he had worked as a journalist. In February 1937, he began to write Oliver Twist, and had finished it by April 1839. He wrote it in little sections for a newspaper which published in different parts each month. He eventually wrote 15 major novels. He used his books to try and campaign for causes such as to get rid of the 1834 Poor Law and anti-slave labour. Dicken's meaning of Oliver Twist was to portray a battle between good(the poor) ...read more.

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would still be starved but very slowly and would still be given as much water as they needed and a bit of food everyday. At meal times all the children of the workhouse had to eat in a large stone hall, where the master of the workhouse was dressed in an apron assisted by two women who would pore out a porringer of gruel to each child. On special occasions each child would also be given two ounces and a quarter of bread too. Luckily Oliver wasn't living in the workhouse for long because he asked the Master for some more food because another member of the workhouse was still feeling hungry. Oliver and the other boy were locked in a dark cupboard for a long time(until someone offered to buy him for five pounds) and Oliver was then sent to the board where he was sold to Mr. Sowerberry. Poor married couples were forced to get divorced and instead of the husband after the marriage, looking after the children his children would in fact be taken away from him and placed in a separate part of the workhouse where they wouldn't ever see their father again. ...read more.

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Noah kicked the door because he wanted to scare Oliver, show him he had more power than him and that he knew he was more important than Oliver. Noah bullies Oliver at the time and ends up insulting Oliver's mum. Oliver loses control and ends up hitting Noah. Mrs Sowerberry and Charlotte come in and punish Oliver. They treat him really cruelly like Mrs Mann because Noah is Mrs Sowerberrys' friend. When Oliver is taken in by Mr Browblow and his housekeeper Mrs Maylie he is treated like a person for once. They teach him how to read and write and also to work out maths sums. Mr Brownlow thinks he recognises Oliver's face and is very sympathetic to Oliver's past. Dickens made Oliver an orphan in a poor society probably because when he was young he experienced a lot of the things that are described in the book. He wanted to show others how he felt. This explains why he was so passionate about the book and was determined to get rid of the Poor Law and bring in Anti-slave labour. It strengthens Dicken's social message about nature and poverty because in the book Oliver's emotions are explained when he's in dreadful situations and this makes the audience feel sorry for him. ...read more.

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