Literature: The Concept Of Childhood In Oliver Twist

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The concept of childhood began to emerge in Europe during the 1600s. In recent years ,scholars are considering that how representations of children and childhood in fiction contribute to shared understandings and normative discourses about children 's place in the social world. The English philosopher John Locke considered the mind of the child as a “blank slate” through his theory of Tabula rasa and said that it was the parents duty to infuse the child with correct notions.
Though Childhood has for long been one of the central themes of English literature right from the time of Dryden and Pope , it emerged as a self-sustaining theme largely through the eighteenth century. Later it evolved and matured during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Notions of childhood have been continuously emerging from seventeenth century 's idealised religion-oriented vision to 21st century 's individualistic version of childhood. Theme of childhood has been diversely treated during these years.The novelists attitude towards the child has been undergoing a constant change during this long period. It has been considered that each individual child is a worth studying subject.
“Oliver Twist”, the work of Charles Dickens ,brings to fore the condition of British society which was undergoing a phase of transition during Industrial Revolution.The impact was depicted through the Oliver Twist,the protagonist child, who beared the impact of distorted family
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