Use of Language to Portray 19th Century London Society in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The world's most popular author and novelist who belonged to the
Victorian era requires no introduction. Charles Dickens is the man behind great novels like, 'Oliver Twist,' 'Hard Times,' 'Great
Expectations,' and many other fascinating and insightful novels that are considered, and quite rightly so, works of true genius. The man, himself was a worker in a blacking factory during his childhood. His father was unable to pay off the family debts so young Dickens was left without a proper education and so spent his childhood and most of his youth in poverty. This left an indelible wound on Dickens.
Needless to say, in each of his novels, we …show more content…
Bumble can be compared to the workhouse or the factory in which he worked. This makes his novels more personal and as a result his viewpoint becomes quite distinct.
The Industrial Revolution had many significant changes on Victorian society. The Revolution led to the rapid growth of cities and this urbanisation was so rapid that that the quality of housing available to the poor was often appalling. Probably this was the key factor as to why Dickens' novels seem to be supporting the poor. Each of his novels highlighted society in general, also. When we say 'society' we could mean a lot of different things. It could mean family, the generation we live in, the people we meet and our experiences with them or living in our daily surroundings. It is, therefore essential that we understand the setting in which the novel has been written and how it influences the characters and our own understanding of the novel. Another important aspect of the novel is the use of language. Dickens has used sarcasm throughout most of the novel to