The Treatment of Poor Children in Victorian Britain depicted in Oliver Twist

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In this essay I will be writing about how Charles Dickens uses the story Oliver Twist to expose the appalling treatment of poor children in Victorian Britain.

Oliver Twist was written in 1837–9, this period in Britain history was known as the Victorian period. Life in Britain was changing a lot at this time, more and more people were moving to the city due to the
Industrial Revolution. Most of the people, who were moving to the city, were living in the country. There were a lot of negative effects of lots of people moving to the city, it was getting really overcrowded and there was a lack of housing. The housing conditions of poor people in cities like London at the time, were absolutely disgusting, there was no running water
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After that unfortunate event, Oliver for eight to ten months was the victim of a systematic course of treachery and deception. He was brought up by hand. Just as the story is telling us how cruel Oliver was getting treated, Charles Dickens introduces a new character called
Mrs. Mann, the lady looking after Oliver, after all those months of getting brought up by hand. She didn’t really treat him very nicely.
“The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for her. So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even a shorter allowance than was originally provided for them”. This clearly means she doesn’t treat Oliver and the rest of the children who she looks after properly, she spends all the children’s allowance on herself. She gives them the smallest possible portion of the weakest possible food. “For at the very moment when a child had contrived to exist upon the smallest possible portion of the weakest possible food, it did perversely happen in eight and a half cases out of ten, either that it sickened from want and cold, or fell into the fire from neglect, or got half-smothered by accident; in any one of which cases, the miserable little being was usually summoned into another world, and there
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