OLIVER TWIST or THE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESS is a novel written by Charles Dickens and was serialised in 1837-39.
The novel revolves around an orphan named Oliver Twist, who was born in a workhouse and was sent to a parochial orphanage where all the children were ill-treated and underfed. Twist runs away to London after escaping from the orphanage and there, he encounters with The Artful Dodger, one among the gang of juvenile pick-pocketers who are under the leadership of an elderly criminal, Fagin.
Most of Dickens novel setting has been in London and he has portrayed the 19th century London in a very realistic manner and has also shown how dangerous and dark was it to live a life in London. Oliver Twist …show more content…
It’ll always have other factors along with it which also has equal significance. Poverty always leads to hunger, for we have experienced it in the life of Oliver Twist.
Clearly it is understandable that workhouse doesn’t provide Oliver and others with any adequate skills for life, and also it provides them a meagre amount of food that makes them malnutritioned, ill and even fatal.
In the above text from the novel, Charles Dickens has clearly portrayed the impact of poverty and hunger in its most effective manner. We can clearly understand from the text that the need for more food was not just the need of Oliver but also of his companions in the orphanage. Because of the small amount of gruel which they got, it never satisfied their hunger, and hence they used to lick their fingers assiduously in the hope of getting some gruel at least. Oliver and his companions had to suffer the torture of slow starvation for around 3 months, which made them go unquenchable and wild like. It went to such an extend that his friend refused to sleep out of extreme hunger that he was afraid whether he would eat the boy up who slept next to him. They decided to pick up a lot and ask their master for more food . Unfortunately, the lot fell for Oliver Twist. On that supper time, he was compelled to ask for more food. While reading the text we can understand how serious and inappropriate that statement is. ‘’Please sir, I want some more” …show more content…
We can find that Oliver was at risk of learning criminal behaviour from Fagin, Sikes ,Dodger and Bates. There is a conflict within Oliver Twist about people who are fascinated and dreaming about the freedom it gives to an individual and between ones who think of the moral and ethical side. Fagin and Sikes are portrayed as natural criminals as evilness is believed to be their innate character. Most of the people engage in criminal activities out of despair and poverty that they had to do something to survive and sustain their life. Crime completely dehumanizes the societal atmosphere, when it is an outcome of