Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

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The novel’s substitle is The Parish Boy’s Progress, which is a satirical depiction of an orphan boy, Oliver, who suffers from the miserable behavior of the authorities charged to care for orphan children. Oliver eventually becomes involved with a gang of criminals (Frank 19). It shows how a young mind gets manipulated by evil just because he suffers from the cruelty of the government. The novel is part of the emerging social satire of its time.
The rise of the industrial Revolution in the English Victorian society caused the English economy to flourish but at the same time had some drastic consequences on the social lives of people which Dickens highlighted in his novel. Most of the story’s narrative is based on what Dickens experienced while roaming in the streets of London (Marlow, 1). Moreover, the novel covers various social setbacks which were the reason for the injustice found in English society. The story shows various aspects of social themes such as class struggles, poverty, criminality, religion, identity, charity, corruption, mob mentality, plight of orphans, plight of women and injustice.
Oliver is not a believable character, because although he is raised in corrupt surroundings, his purity and virtue are absolute. Throughout the novel, Dickens uses Oliver’s character to challenge the Victorian idea that paupers and criminals…
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