The Theme Of Criminality In Oliver Twist By Philip Dickens

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Oliver Twist is a record of the life in London 's streets. Dickens portrays the atmosphere of these streets. He writes about the real criminal crafts and the techniques young pickpockets used in the streets. Streets with young pickpockets in dirty clothes waiting to pick a handkerchief or a wallet. For the great part of Queen Victoria’s reign the East End in London was ignored by the Church. The people who used to live there did not know any soap and were not even able to wash their linen. 70 The Industrial Revolution not only created more wealth, but created more poverty. Poor people can not live in London because life for them is very horrible. Many people came from the farms to live in London to be thieves or to work in dirty factories and earn little wages. The high poverty rates indirectly caused the crime rates to rise. Poverty leads to murders, violence, bloody, guilt, terrible imprisonment, insane revenge and sadistic tendencies. The exploitation leads the violence and marginalization. Crime was a great problem in London in 1830s. Philip Collins in his book Dickens and Crime says:

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70 Mo ravec, Aleš. The Theme of Criminality in Charles Dickens’s Novels: Brno, 1994: p. 13 Crime was formidably common and unchecked; pocket-picking, for instance, was then a
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