Review of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Review by Dominykas G. Jankauskas

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was a well-known English writer, who is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. He had written a great number of notable works like The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and many others. His novella A Christmas Carol is regarded as the most influential work and it remains popular till this day.

Oliver Twist tells the story about an orphan’s life in England and the adventures and misadventures that he had faced. The boy, Oliver Twist, was born in a workhouse and in a moment’s reflection, he lost his mother. Raised in an orphanage under awful conditions; getting a spare diet and receiving harsh treatment. After escaping the authorities of the workhouse and his master, for whom he had worked as an apprentice, he went to London. There Oliver joined a group of delinquents, which was led by an old culprit called Fagin. But fortune was on Oliver’s side. A gentleman - Mr. Brownlow - took pity upon him and started to take care of him, however soon after Oliver was brought back to the criminal world by Fagin. Once again Oliver was lucky, because he was sheltered by Rose Maylie. In the end everything ends well. Mr. Brownlow with the help of others and especially Nancy (a member of the Fagin’s gang), catches all pickpocketers and takes them into custody. Also the real identity of Oliver Twist was found out and that he has inherited a great fortune.

Surely we all know that Dickens was a social critic. In this novel he draws the attention to the dreadful lives of lowest class of the society; he looks at the lives of the paupers at the workhouse and the orphans who were raised at the baby farms. But he mostly focuses on the outlaws of the society. You can’t call Dickens a Marxist, because he just points out the problem, but he doesn’t suggest any solution. I think that Dickens with Oliver Twist and his other novels tried to wake people up...
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