The life in the Victorian age was harsh and extremely difficult for the poor. These people struggled to survive during this era; the main problem was how the children were treated. ‘Oliver Twist’ written by Charles Dickens and published in 1950 shows the reader how the living conditions were for the poor back in the 19th Centaury. ‘Oliver twist’ is a novel about a young orphan boy named Oliver Twist who is exploited, used and put through pain and starvation. Oliver travels from the workhouse in England all the way on foot to Saffron Hill, London. He endures terrible weather, lack of food and water and he is all alone. In London he meets many characters such as Mr Fagin, in London Oliver manages to get himself in all sorts of trouble and remains clueless and confused. The Poor in the Victorian age lived in horrible conditions in the towns, these towns were dirty, over-crowded and polluted, they had small narrow streets and the buildings were extremely cramped. The children in this novel were beaten, abandoned, exploited and forced to work, they were starved, over-worked and had no choice nor say in their fate. Some adults in the novel Oliver Twist were the main source of the problems for these children, these adults would use the children such as Oliver to do all the hard work in factories or out on the streets.
The setting of Saffron Hill, London shows the reader the horrid living conditions in London that the poor had to live in during the 19th centaury. The living conditions for the poor living in urban London were horrible and often dirty polluted and crowded ‘Most wrenched place he’d ever seen’. They were also diseased as there was poor sanitation and low standard of construction, the housing was cramped and so close to one another ‘as he follows dodger through the ‘very narrow and muddy’ streets’. There were people living on the streets and others crammed into housing and apartments with many other...