Oliver Twist Book Analysis
Oliver Twist is a very intriguing book by the renowned author, Charles Dickens. This five hundred and fifty four paged, historical fiction book is overflowing with the adventure and excitement, of one nine year old orphan boy, Oliver, who is finally finding out who he really is. Throughout the book Oliver will interact with people who won’t only change his views about the world, but will change how he lives his life.
The beginning of Oliver’s life starts in the 1830’s, where he is born to a young unwedded mother, whose name is not mentioned. She is found in the streets and taken to a building where she dies shortly after childbirth. Oliver spends his next nine years in a workhouse for children. On his ninth birthday he is transferred to an adult workhouse. After being bullied into asking for more gruel, at the end of the meal, by other children Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, offers people five pounds to take Oliver, who he has now named Oliver Twist, off his hands and away from the work house. He’s later apprenticed to a local undertaker. After cruel words from another apprentice, Oliver attacks him and is punished cruelly. He later, at dawn, runs away.
Oliver finds himself in the outskirts of London, in the hands of a young thief Jack Dawkins, the Artful Dodger, who offers him shelter in the house of Fagin his benefactor. Fagin is a career criminal who trains orphan boys to pick pockets for him. After a few days of training, by Fagin, Oliver is sent on a “Mission”. The mission goes wrong and Oliver gets caught, but is soon dismissed of all wrongful charges. The feverish Oliver is taken home by Mr. Brownlow, the man whose Handkerchief was stolen, and is nursed back to health. Mr. Brownlow is in shock when a portrait, that hangs in his house, of a young woman resembles Oliver. Oliver thrives in Mr. Brownlow’s house, but one day two adults of Fagin’s gang capture Oliver and returns him to Fagin, where he is brought back into the...
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