Oliver Twist by Charles Dickines Essay

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During the Victorian Era (1837-1901), England suffers a demographic increase that almost tripled its population. This increase introduced an extensive number of people to the life of poverty and crime that Charles Dickines introduces in his novel Oliver Twist.The novel is used to criticize the socioeconomics of the times and bring to light the failures of the charitable systems in England. Oliver Twist invalidates the believes that all of those who are born in poverty are criminals while those born into some wealth are free of wrong doings, and it reveals the failures of the legal court system.

The circumstances that the higher classes put the poor through have forced them into insanity, and crime.The living situation of the poorest class
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A more tragic example of the evil characteristics forced upon the pure is Nancy. Nancy was a thief and a prostitute with a bad drinking habit. Nancy, however, had pure and loving heart. She was willing to put her life on the line for Oliver safety, and was killed to protect Oliver from the life that she suffered through. The circumstances that the poor went through constrained them to a life of crime and immorality, and labeled all their actions as treacherous inspite being common within the middle class.

The 'respectable God fearing citizens' with money were not different from those of the poor class. Both social classes performed acts out of love, greed, and cruelty. The alteration was that the acts had a different image if performed by the higher class citizens. Nancy and Rose are orphans who fell in love and decided to pursue their lovers. These decisions are similar but are looked upon differently. Rose's love Harry was seen as pure because Harry is a man of status, but Nancy's love for Skies forces her to go back to her old life and is seen as an act “into a new means of violence and suffering” (Dickens 322) because Skies was an abusive man. Mrs. Mann and Fagin can also be compared since they are both theives that steal from children. Mrs. Mann was paid sevenpences to care for each child she had but “she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use” (Dickens 5), similarily

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