Literary Analysis Of Oliver Twist

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Just like anyone else who reads a book, opinions are going to form, and not all of them are going to be on the same page. Readers form different opinions and views based on how they interpret the meaning of the novel. Many critics have analyzed Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Albert Borowitz and Kelly Winters are two well known writers who wrote long critiques that analyzed the work of Charles Dickens. Crime writer Albert Borowitz believes that Charles Dickens uses the narrative of Oliver’s fall to “serve his reformist purposes of attacking England’s harsh, poor laws and illustrating [in] the thesis that city slums could breed crime even in the most innocent” people (Borowitz). I absolutely agree with Borowitz. In the beginning, the reader just assumes the Oliver just has terrible luck and that all of these terrible events are happening to him out of misfortune. Oliver is portrayed as a poor and innocent boy who is just being used by other people who have selfish intentions. Later on, the bystanders realize that “he was really the hardened little wretch he was described to be” by people (Dickens). Comparing the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel, Oliver has transformed from an innocent and young boy into a criminal in which he only speaks lies. Dickens has managed to attack England’s laws and changed Oliver’s character from an innocent orphan into a criminal. Jhaveri 4 Later on in the article, Borowitz also states that Dickens has contributed much to the language of writing. He believes that Dickens major contributions are his “imaginative understanding of criminal psychology and of the destructive and self-destructive impulses that outwardly normal people share with the outlaw” (Borowitz). I think that Borowitz has hit the mark exactly with this comment. Dicken’s works are loved by many because a majority of the readers can relate to the downfalls of the main character. It is the main character themselves that create their own downfall and take part in destructive actions. In Oliver Twist, Dickens writes that there is a “human passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast” (Dickens). Readers can apply this to the world of reality; all of us look for something in another
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