Oliver Twist Essay

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What impression does Dickens give the reader of London and the people who inhabit its criminal underworld ‘Oliver Twist’? Charles Dickens was an English novelist; born 7 February 1812 and died on 9 June 1870 he wrote many famous novels, one of his most famous was ‘Oliver Twist’. Most of his work appeared in magazines, it was like a soap opera in those times because people were always looking forward to the next extract. Life in Dickens time was very different from now life was hard, many people were poor. The plot of ‘Oliver Twist’: He is born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse. ‘Oliver Twist’ was left an orphan by his mother’s death in childbirth and also by his father’s death. He is brought up with little food and few comforts. He remained in the workhouse for six months, until the desperately hungry boys decide to draw lots; the loser must ask for another bowl of gruel. The task falls to Oliver, who at the next meal comes nervously forward, bowl in hand, and makes his famous request: "Please, sir, I want some more." Later, Mr. Sowerberry, an undertaker employed by the parish, takes Oliver into his service. He treats Oliver better, and, because of the boy's very hard past he, uses him as a mourner, at children's funerals. Once Oliver is sent to his room for the night, he does something that he hasn’t done ever in his life. Alone that night, Oliver finally decides to run away. He wanders timelessly for some time, until he is confident enough to wander of towards London. During his journey to London, Oliver meets "Artful Dodger", although Oliver's innocent nature prevents him from recognising this hint that the boy may be dishonest. Dodger provides Oliver with a free meal and tells him of a gentleman in London who will "give him lodgings for nothing, and never ask for change". After the unexpected help, Oliver follows Dodger to the "old

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