Oliver twist - I am going to analyze how Charles Dickens portrayed

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Oliver twist - I am going to analyze how Charles Dickens portrayed
Oliver's life to show his audience the poverty, sickness and desperation that he saw around him ever since he was young.

Oliver twist essay

I am going to analyze how Charles Dickens portrayed Oliver's life to show his audience the poverty, sickness and desperation that he saw around him ever since he was young. The fictitious character Oliver twist was born into extreme poverty. As Dickens writes: 'It remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all.' Charles Dickens had first hand experience of poverty; his parents were imprisoned for a year for being offenders of the poor laws- they hadn't enough money to
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The rich didn't care for the poor but they gave money to the parish. Many thought that their money was going directly to the poor to help them and was doing good, and didn't realize that their money was in fact mainly going to the parishes wages.

A drunken nurse and an unqualified surgeon brought Oliver twist into the world in extreme poverty. Nothing was known about his parents for his mother was found lying in the street outside the workhouse.

'The old story no wedding ring I see.' This line leads me to believe that a baby born from a poor unmarried woman was something that the surgeon has seen many times before. In Dickensian England, if a girl had an illegitimate baby she was thrown out of the family and usually ended up homeless. She would be an embarrassment to the family.
Oliver's prospects were bleak once he was badged and ticketed and fell into place at the workhouse as a parish child. His probable future is described as:

'The humble, half- starved drudge- to be cuffed and buffeted through the world- despised by all, and pitied by none.' Oliver's unfortunate entrance into life is exaggerated by Dickens but is symbolic of all the poor orphan's lives. He did this for effect and for the sympathy of the audience.

'For the next eight or ten months, Oliver was the victim of a systematic course of treachery and deception.' There was no woman at the workhouse that could breast feed Oliver, so he was 'farmed
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