Charles Dickens Of Oliver Twist And Sharon Draper Of Copper Sun

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Oliver Twist and Amari are young individuals who live in a society that does not entirely respect them for their social status. Oliver, being raised as an orphan and Amari, coming from a small village of Africa, struggle to gain some self-control over their own lives as they are shuffled around from place to place getting exploited in every way possible. Author, Charles Dickens of Oliver Twist and Sharon Draper of Copper Sun demonstrate that when society presents obstacles with extreme injustice due to their social status, people need to overcome those obstacles to reach a prosperous life. This has been depicted in both novels through the use of the symbolism of light and dark, the motif of false identity and the characterization of the protagonist.
The authors both use the symbolism of dark and light similarly to convey the difficult life of the underclass young children which later blossoms into a lovely life. Oliver’s commitment to life contrasts with the darkness of death that surrounds him. Many times, Oliver is kept captive in a dark place where his “blood ran cold, as he listened to the Jew’s words, and imperfectly comprehended the dark threats… The boy was lying, fast asleep, on a rude bed upon the floor; so pale with anxiety, and sadness, and the closeness of the prison that he looked like death” (Dickens 140). This shows the lack of power Oliver has as a beggar because of his inability to make any decisions for himself from the day he was born. Oliver is pushed…

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