Analysis Of Dickens In Oliver Twist

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Dickens in Oliver Twist reveals the horrors in these workhouses . He tries to show the mistreatment of the children under the parish authority. He reveals that the workhouse is unpleasant place to look after people and portrays the corruption that existed in such places often by those people who should have been offering some protection to the children. In the first part of the book, he openly satirizes The New Poor Law, and greed and hypocrisy of the officials connected with the law. He criticizes the bureaucrats who preached the Christian moralities, yet in fact were indifferent to the paupers. Dickens shows how the England society treated the poor. the parish authorities magnanimouslyand humanelyresolved, that Oliver should be ‘farmed,’ or,in other words,that he should be despatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off,where twenty or thirty other juvenile offendersagainst the poor-laws rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food,or too much clothing, under the parentalsuperintendence of an elderly female whoreceived the culprits at and for theconsideration of sevenpence-halfpenny per small head per week. ( P. 7-8 ) Dickens describes the life in the workhouse where the orphan Oliver has just been sent while the majority of
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