Analysis Of Charles Dickens 's ' Oliver Twist '

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Charles Dickens illustrates how people facing poverty are treated as criminals by the Victorian society and may cause them to be forced down the path of crime. He demonstrates this theory throughout his novel Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist is a novel about a ten year old orphan in the nineteenth century who is forced into labour at a workhouse. Dickens highlights the conditions of the workhouse to display the struggle one bares in order to survive. He uses the characters Oliver and Nancy to demonstrate people who are innocent and forced into crime by desperation and despair. Through the story Oliver Twist, Dicken’s attempts to highlight the fundamental issues of the Victorian society. The Victorian era’s society views prostitutes, such as Nancy, as dirty and corrupted people. However, Dicken’s portrays Nancy as a victim of society. He emphasizes that poverty can lead to crime due to one’s despair. Although this lifestyle of crime is not always a choice, societies negative view of the poor creates an environment where it is difficult for people who live in poverty to escape those stereotypes. In contrast to the Victorian societal views; Oliver is considered innocent, Nancy the prostitute turns out to have some moral values, and Fagin is depicted as a true criminal. However, Dickens portrays that the Victorian society would have found it very difficult to differentiate between the true intentions of characters such as Oliver Twist and Fagin.
Oliver is described as a young, weak…
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