Social Poverty In Oliver Twist

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It’s nearly impossible to find someone in the modern developed world who hasn’t encountered some form of Charles Dickens’ work. With vivid characters and descriptions, Dickens spread awareness of social injustices through his novels. The work of Charles Dickens left a lasting impact on Victorian literature and society. Even now, the effects of the famous author’s work show in ways as simple as our holiday traditions. Dickens’ descriptions of poverty brought a light to issues of the time. His novel Oliver Twist follows a young boy struggling with poverty as he is pulled into becoming a pickpocket, and is repeatedly brought back to crime. Dickens used Oliver Twist to show the state of workers and poverty in English cities. In the book, he describes some of the conditions of workers.
“So they established the rule that all poor people should have the alternative (for they would compel nobody, not they) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it. With this view, they contracted with the waterworks to lay on an unlimited supply of water, and with a corn-factor to supply periodically small quantities of oatmeal, and issued three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week and half a roll on Sundays.” - Oliver Twist, Chapter 2

Charles Dickens drew on his own experiences as a child worker to write Oliver Twist. As a young child, Dickens’ father, John Dickens, had been sent to a debtor 's prison, and as a result Charles was forced to
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