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Oliver Twist

With all of the symbolism and moral issues represented in Oliver Twist, all seem to come from real events from the life of its author, Charles Dickens. The novels protagonist, Oliver, is a good person at heart surrounded by the filth of the London streets. Filth that Dickens himself was forced to deal with in his everyday life. But through morals and mere chance Oliver becomes a living symbol.
It?s probable that the reason Oliver Twist contains so much fear and agony is because it?s areflection of occurrences in Charles Dickens’ past. During his childhood, Charles Dickens suffered much abuse from his parents. This abuse is often expressed in his novel. While at the orphanage, Oliver experienced a great amount of abuse. For example, while suffering from starvation and malnutrition for a long period of time, Oliver was chosen by the other boys at the orphanage to request more gruel at dinner one night. After making this simple request, the master (at the orphanage) aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arms; and shrieked aloud for the beadle. The whole beginning of Oliver Twist’s story was created from memories which related to Charles Dickens’ childhood in a blacking factory (which was overshadowed by the Marshalsea Prison ). While working in the blacking factory, Dickens suffered tremendous humiliation. This humiliation is greatly expressed through Oliver’s adventures at the orphanage before he is sent away.
Throughout his lifetime, Dickens appeared to have acquired a fondness for “the bleak, the sordid, and the austere.? (Bloom 231) Most of Oliver Twist, for example, takes place in London’s lowest slums. The
city is described as a maze which involves a “mystery of darkness,
anonymity, and peril.” (Bloom 232) Many of the settings, such as the pickpocket’s hideout, the surrounding streets, and the bars, are also described as dark, gloomy, and bland.

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