Criticism Of Oliver Twist

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Charles Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of Victoria Era. Throughout his life, he wrote 15 novels (one is unfinished) and crafted complex plots and striking characters that captured the panorama of English society. Meanwhile, owing to his own special experience, he kept his eyes on the real life of children and the poor. Known as the gladiator of the poor, he used his pen as weapon to severely criticize corruption and other dark dimensions of the society. Although UK witnessed a rapid development in Victoria Era, the poor, especially children still lived in bad condition. By creating these images, he hoped to bring more and more people to show concerns for children growth. While this thesis will give a brief introduction to Charles…show more content…
At the same time it pointed out social status of the poor against the booming of England in19th century. The protagonist Oliver Twist is born in a workhouse and his mother dies just after his birth. He spent the first nine years of his life in a badly run home for orphans and then was transferred to a workhouse where starvation and whipping frequently happened to him. The most forgettable plot was that he was hit bitterly for asking for more food. After that, he was sent to work as a apprentice in a coffin shop where he lived uncomfortably because Noah always insulted him. As a result, he runaway to London later. He arrived in London after a week’s hike and met the Artful Dodger who was a “skillful” thief under the gang of criminal Fagin that included Bill Sikes, Nancy and so on. The Artful Dodger brought Oliver to Fagin who was a man who trained little children to steal objects for him. Fortunately, Mr Brownlow saved Oliver from this sort of bitter life. Thanks to Mr Brownlow, he received care and kindness that he never experienced before. Unexpectedly, a villain called Mr Monks gets the gang to kidnap Oliver again. Happily, he fled from miserable life under the help of Nancy who was a kind-heart thief. Mr Monk was found to be Oliver‘s half brother and finally dies in prison. And Fagin was hanged. Mr Brownlow adopted Oliver and they led a happy life since that time
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