Moral Conflict In Oliver Twist

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In Oliver Twist, author Charles Dickens attacks the decomposing morals of Victorian society and law in the form of writing. He addresses major social conflicts and struggles between the rich, who hold positions of power, and the poor and working class who fight for economic justice. In addition, the book is representative of the need for moral values based on the author’s believe that people should not be oppressed, that every person deserves a chance. The story offers a contradiction central to bourgeois consciousness, which embraces conventional bourgeois ethics and demoralizes and suppresses the awareness of the harsh social realities. Dickens creates, rather illuminates, a society in which conflicting morals between the society and social reality in relation to poverty, childhood innocence, as well as, the transcendental moral values which that innocence embodies are rampant, slowly destroying the foundations of Victorian England. Dickens uses Oliver, as the book’s central character, as a perfect vehicle to explore important moral issue and values in Victorian society. It is…show more content…
Furthermore, it is also apparent that pickpocketing, among others crimes, is petty enough to wear there is no force taken to subdue it. For this reason, the crime rates continue to soar, and the poor unintentionally reinforce their own negative stereotypes. Dickens opinionates that the justice system can only be restored through reforms. By empowering the law to uphold its responsibility to punish and discipline wrongdoers, perhaps a breakthrough is possible. However, as the upper class hold the most power and the highest offices, the “burden” fall on them to institute these changes - a stark contrast to an already carefree
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