Child Labour In Oliver Twist: Social Challenges In The Victorian Era

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VICTORIAN AGE SOCIAL PROBLEMS The Victorians were proud of their welfare of good manners and their middle-class values. They tended to ignore the problems which still bothered England. There was, in fact, a part of society mainly the working class, among which misery and distress were still widespread. The new urban conditions, made worse by growth of slums, had created a lot of health problems. Whole families were often crowded in single rooms, where lack of hygiene occasionally led to cholera. Debtors were punished with jail, and life in prison was horrific. Education too had its problems. Teachers were unskilled and corporal punishment was still applied to maintain the discipline. THE VICTORIAN COMPROMISE The particular situation, which saw prosperity and progress on the one hand showed poverty, ugliness and injustice on the other hand, which opposed ethical conventionalist to corruption, moralism and liberality to money and capitalistic greediness which separated private life from public behaviour which is…show more content…
Brownlow, Oliver was talking in a good manner and also we first time see that he was enjoying his child hood there. Through all these incidents, Dickens had showed that child is after all child whether he is a victim of child labour or not. The dreams of all children are same, they all want to play but unfortunately, some cannot. Charles Dickens is known as the most important English novelist of the Victorian era being part of the Industrial Revolution as well. Dickens had firsthand experience of child labour when he worked at a shoe polish factory. Many of his works including Oliver Twist deals with the issue and he brings out the plight of children during his
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