Oliver Twist, By Charles Dickens Essay

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Starting from a young age Oliver was forced to live a life of misery through a workhouse ran by selfish people. Through the writings instilled by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist, one is able to see how Oliver views certain things that he disagrees with in life. One can see how he views poverty while working at a workhouse at a young age. Oliver Twist hates that in order to survive in England he has to be accustomed to this way of life. By living in poverty Oliver came to view life as cruel and selfish in Victorian England due to the workhouse he was forced to live in and the people he was forced to be acquainted with. In Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, workhouses are portrayed as prisons for the poor children of England. In Oliver Twist, Oliver’s workhouse is run by Mrs. Mann, a woman who abuses and starves the children she is payed to feed and treat right. Alongside Mrs. Mann is Mr. Bumble, a man who preaches Christianity to the children but yet treats them just the same as Mrs. Mann and doesn’t do anything to change the harsh environment that the children live in. While Oliver may fully despise Mrs. Mann it seems as if Oliver has pity on Mr. Bumble. Oliver may actually feel sorry for the person Mr. Bumble is. In a scene from the book when Oliver and Mr. Bumble are on their way to Mr. Sowerberry’s house, Oliver pours his heart out to Mr. Bumble. “I feel as if I had been cut here, sir, and it was all bleeding away; and the child beat his hand upon his heart, and looked…

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