Oliver Twist- Stereotyping of the second and third class

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Oliver Twist In this essay I intend to analyse and compare the treatment Oliver receives upto and including the time he meets Fagin. I intend to highlight both the similarities and differences of the treatment he receives, who he meets, and what role they play in the society, why these characters treat Oliver in the way they do and how Oliver reacts to the treatment he receives. The novel ‘Oliver Twist’ was written by Charles Dickens in 1837 and its purpose was to portray life in the 19th century, how people lived, the lack of education, the poor conditions of the work place and the basic life of survival. Very early in the novel, Charles Dickens, introduces us to a woman. We don’t who she is, as the author does not give us a name. The quote states, ‘She was found lying in the street, she had walked some distance, for her shoes were worn to pieces, but where she came from or where she was going to, nobody knew.’ The use of the word ‘she’ encourages us to be suspicious as to who this woman is, this is a very clever way to get the reader more involved. Also this quote can be compared to Oliver’s life, nobody knows where he has come from or where he is going in his life, not even Oliver himself knows. This becomes Continue...


The next quote I intend to analyse is undoubtedly the most famous quote in the novel. No chance-child was he, for he could trace his genealogy all the way back to his parents, who live hard by; his mother being a washerwoman, and his father a drunk soldier, discharged with a wooden leg, and a diurnal pension of two pence-half penny and an unstateable fraction. The next quote appears on page seventy-four, where Fagin as realized that Oliver has seen his jewels. The quote states, ' It was late next morning when Oliver awoke, from a sound, long sleep. The final part of the quote, which reads, 'despised by all pitied by none,' refers to how Oliver is treated throughout the novel and the ignorance and selfishness in this time of society. Oliver running away compared to a modern nine year old boy, is hugely different If a nine year old boy in our society ran away, he would have to leave this family, most of his possessions and would really struggle to cope without their parents. His eyes glistened as he raised the lid, and looked in. The next part of the novel I intend to analyse appears on pages thirty-nine and forty, and describes Noah Claypoles upbringing. The street was very narrow and muddy, and the air was impregnated with filthy odours. Great Expectations is a good example of this. ' The first part of the quote 'woman of wisdom and experience,' portrays that she has had experience of looking after and making money though looking after orphans. ' Oliver has never had the freedom to stay in bed till late morning; he has always had to get up for the workhouse, and he has probably very rarely had a long sound sleep due to hunger, and his worrying thought and troubles.