Realism In Oliver Twist

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Setting Oliver Twist is based on characters and events from late 18th to early 19th centuries in London and a village near by.“The city is repeatedly described as a labyrinth or a maze once you get into it, it’s hard to get back out. The city itself serves as a kind of prison. It’s filthy, foggy, and crime-ridden, and things aren’t always what they seem. For example, Oliver gets dragged "into a labyrinth of dark, narrow courts" (15.63), and Fagin "becomes involved" in "a maze of mean dirty streets which abound in that close and densely-populated quarter" (19.4).” “The village in the country where Oliver is so happy with Rose and Mrs. Maylie (Book Two, Chapters Nine and Ten) is the total opposite. The narrator suggests that the country can actually "cure" some of the bad effects of the city “Who can tell how scenes of peace and quietude sink into the minds of pain-worn dwellers in close and noisy places, and carry their own freshness deep into their jaded hearts?” (32.51)” The post-colonial perspective Oliver Twist’s text contains a lot of imagery and descriptions. The role of women in society appear much in the book, thanks to these clear descriptions. These descriptions are clear trace of realism found in the book. The role of women in society, how they are exposed to violence and does not have much to say. In the 1800s, you had to use out corporal punishment. It was often children, women and the poor, each exposed out blow and violence. Which thankfully is prohibited
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