Depiction of the Poor in Charles Dickens´Oliver Twist Essay

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Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is a novel in which the author gives readers a look inside the cruel, grimy time period of 1800’s England, also known as the Victorian era. It tells the bitter story of a small orphan child named, Oliver Twist. Oliver was born in nineteenth century England in a workhouse. His mother died in childbirth and, due to the carelessness of those who should be caretakers, the identity of both the boy’s father and mother remains unknown. Throughout the novel Oliver is brutally treated and, no matter where he ends up, it seems as though the boy cannot catch a break. Although fiction, Dickens’ tale seems to precisely capture the vicious treatment of the lower class during the Victorian Era. Oliver Twist was written …show more content…
This belief led to the Poor laws of 1834, which stated that the poor could only receive government aid if they resided and worked in workhouses. Beggars were sent to jail. Those in debt were also sent to prison, often times with the rest of their family, leaving no one able to, eventually, pay off the debt. The workhouses established for the poor were intentionally made to be as wretched as possible, as if to keep the poor from depending on the help of the government. They believed that if the conditions remained as horrific as they were, the poor would stop being “lazy.” They wanted to, in a sense, clean the streets and they believed the only way to do so was, rather than help and motivate the poor in finding employment, treat them so badly that the only way to end their suffering was to get to work. These inhumane laws directly affected Charles Dickens and could very well be the reason he wrote Oliver Twist. Dickens was born in Portsea, England in February 1812. He came from a middle class family that spent beyond their capabilities, which later put them in financial crisis. As a result of this, Dickens was forced to leave school at the raw age of 12 in order to work at a factory that produced shoe polish. Shortly after, his dad was thrown in debtor’s prison and the rest of his family soon followed. Dickens was forced to live on his own and he continued to work in the factory, however, the

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