Oliver Twist Essay
Write about the presentation of childhood in the first three chapters of Oliver Twist. Comment on the methods used by Dickens to affect the readers understanding of the treatment of children at the time
Oliver Twist is a novel was written in 1800’s by Charles Dickens. It is about a boy named Oliver Twist. He was born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse. Olive’s mum died when he was born, His father wasn’t around when he was born. When Oliver was born the nurse said that Oliver was going to have a bad life. This is implied by ‘It was ushered in to this world of sorrow and trouble.’ This shows that after Oliver is born, his life will be a misery. Another quote which demonstrates the poor conditions is ‘A pauper old women who was rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer’ .This shows that the old woman who was Oliver’s midwife was drinking while helping her give birth to Oliver. The word ‘rendered’ means that the midwife wasn’t helping and she was a pain in the neck. Dickens is using the technique exaggeration because to show that the nurse wasn’t that helpful. This makes the reader think that the nurses at that time didn’t care much about the poor people and even when they were having a baby and also his trying to tell us that nurses weren’t that helpful in the past.
Oliver spent his first eight years of his life at a in the 'care' of a woman named Mrs. Mann. Oliver was brought up with little food and few comforts. When it was his ninth birthday, Mr. Bumble, a parish , removed Oliver from the baby farm and took him to work picking at the main workhouse. He stayed there for 6 months. In the first three chapters it’s about how Oliver was born and where he stayed when his mother died and also he went to a work house to live there when he was 9 years old. Then Mr. Bumble tried to sell Oliver to another person because he asked for more food and Mr. Bumble doesn’t like anyone asking for more food. This implied by ‘Please, sir replied Oliver, ‘I want some more.’ ‘What! said the master at length, in a faint voice’. This shows the life of poor children in the work house were awful , they were told to do work at the work they weren’t allowed to have a rest at any time and they weren’t giving allot of food to eat .