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Oliver Twist Summary Ô 9 Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on Fleeing from poverty and hardship he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go however hard he tries to escapeOne of the most swiftly moving and unified o. In recent years I have become bewitched by all things gothic and I was curious to discover to what extent gothic tropes and examplars may have influenced the imagery and structure of Dicken s first serious novel Specifically I was interested in how gothic elements might be expressed in Oliver Twist s urban atmosphere Had Hugo s Paris thieves guild left its mark upon Fagin and his charges Had Scott s Highland robbers caves influenced Dickens lowlife dens Were these dirty London streets much the same as those of the Newgate novels or had distinct touches of the marvelous already arisen hints of the city that would soon take shape in the fiction of Conan Doyle and Machen I think I detected a little gothic influence in the city atmosphere but much less than I expected to find Fagin s den the Three Cripples gin mill and the abandoned house where Sykes gang gathers may owe something to Hugo Scott and Radcliff but the general atmosphere is neither gothic nor Newgate but instead something new early Victorian realism Dickens knew London well His childhood acuainted him with London s depths and his manhood and its long compulsive walks with the city s variety and extent Dickens sees much and everything he sees he describes with a photographer s intensity and interestIt is in its structure rather than its metaphors that Oliver Twist owes a great debt to the gothic novel Although superficially a Newgate novel streetboy corrupted by urban gang into a life of crime it is actually closer to that of the traditional gothic with Oliver Twist taking the place of the menaced gothic heroine Oliver is torn between men who wish to control him often for their own selfish purposes and it is the struggle between guardians and would be guardians that gives the narrative of Oliver Twist its shape in much the same way that such a struggle determined the narrative movement of The Mysteries of Udolpho All in all I was pleasantly surprised Oliver Twist is short for a Dickens novel and it has few of the wearisome circumlocutions or labored jests that sometimes afflict his longer works His prose is spare and full of powerful effects The murder of Nancy can still touch the jaded modern heart with its horror and the last appearances of Sykes and Fagin are also well done There are sentimental touches and incredible coincidences this is still Dickens after all but Oliver Twist is in essence a realistic novel of Victorian poverty and crime and it still packs a powerful punch

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Oliver Twist Summary Ô 9 F Charles Dickens’s great novels Oliver Twist is also famous for its re creation–through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin Nancy the Artful Dodger and the evil Bill Sikes–of the vast London underworld of pickpockets thieves prostitutes and abandoned chil. 918 From 1001 Oliver Twist Charles DickensOliver Twist or the Parish Boy s Progress is author Charles Dickens s second novel and was first published as a serial 1837 39 The story centers on orphan Oliver Twist born in a workhouse and sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker After escaping Twist travels to London where he meets The Artful Dodger a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal FaginOliver Twist is born into a life of poverty and misfortune raised in a workhouse in the fictional town of Mudfog located 70 miles 110 km north of London He is orphaned by his father s mysterious absence and his mother Agnes death in childbirth welcomed only in the workhouse and robbed of her gold name locket Oliver is meagerly provided for under the terms of the Poor Law and spends the first nine years of his life living at a baby farm in the care of a woman named Mrs Mann Oliver is brought up with little food and few comforts Around the time of Oliver s ninth birthday Mr Bumble the parish beadle removes Oliver from the baby farm and puts him to work picking and weaving oakum at the main workhouse Oliver who toils with very little food remains in the workhouse for six months One day the desperately hungry boys decide to draw lots the loser must ask for another portion of gruel This task falls to Oliver himself who at the next meal comes forward trembling bowl in hand and begs Mr Bumble for gruel with his famous reuest Please sir I want some A great uproar ensues The board of well fed gentlemen who administer the workhouse hypocritically offer 5 to any person wishing to take on the boy as an apprentice Mr Gamfield a brutal chimney sweep almost claims Oliver However when Oliver begs despairingly not to be sent away with that dreadful man a kindly magistrate refuses to sign the indentures Later Mr Sowerberry an undertaker employed by the parish takes Oliver into his service He treats Oliver better and because of the boy s sorrowful countenance uses him as a mourner at children s funerals Mr Sowerberry is in an unhappy marriage and his wife looks down on Oliver and misses few opportunities to underfeed and mistreat him He also suffers torment at the hands of Noah Claypole an oafish and bullying fellow apprentice and charity boy who is jealous of Oliver s promotion to mute and Charlotte the Sowerberrys maidservant who is in love with NoahHowever Mrs Sowerberry takes Noah s side helps him to subdue punch and beat Oliver and later compels her husband and Mr Bumble who has been sent for in the aftermath of the fight to beat Oliver again Once Oliver is sent to his room for the night he breaks down and weeps The next day Oliver escapes from the Sowerberrys house and later decides to run away to London to seek a better life 1976 1348 180 19 1394 157 9789649016467 1363 648 9789649016467 1395 446 1396 1394 120 1395 46 1396 1391 225 1395 32 1397 199 1396 52 127 1383 127 1366 135 1371 1369 157 1380 325 1370 1395 55 1386 559 1388 1362 408 1369 01071399

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Oliver Twist Summary Ô 9 Dren Victorian critics took Dickens to task for rendering this world in such a compelling believable way but readers over the last 150 years have delivered an alternative judgment by making this story of the orphaned Oliver Twist one of its author’s most loved work. Oliver Twist is one of Charles Dickens s best known stories Characters such as the evil Fagin with his band of thieves and villains the Artful Dodger with all the airs and manners of a man the house breaker Sikes and his dog the conscience stricken but flawed Nancy the frail but determined Oliver and the arrogant and hypocritical beadle Mr Bumble have taken on a life of their own and passed into our culture Who does not recognise the sentence Please sir I want some or If the law says that then the law is a ass a idiot If that s the eye of the law the law is a bachelor and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience by experienceDramatisations of this story abound and there have been 25 films made of itso far Oliver Twist was appearing in 10 theatres in London before serialisation of the novel was even completed so how does the original novel hold up for a modern reader It seems pointless in this review to retell this famous story The excellent film by David Lean from 1948 is one of the most faithful to the book It stars Alec Guinness as Fagin Robert Newton as Bill Sikes and a young John Howard Davies as Oliver Twist Davis went on to work for the BBC as a producer all his life The subplot with Edward Leeman is largely missed out but that is inevitable in a short dramatisation The essence of the story is there and is true to Dickens as is much of his dialogue It s important to look not only at the writing style and construction but at the social conditions of the time and Dickens s own personal situation Oliver Twist or the Parish Boy s Progress was written when he was only 25 and first published serially in Bentley s Miscellany where Dickens was editor from February 1837 to April 1839 Interestingly though it was not originally intended as a novel but as part of a series of sketches called the Mudfog Papers These were intended to be similar to the very popular Pickwick Papers Mudfog being heavily based on Chatham in Kent The Pickwick Papers had been phenomenally successful making Dickens famous He therefore decided to give up his job as a parliamentary reporter and journalist in November 1836 and to become a freelance writer But while The Pickwick Papers was still only halfway through being serialised his readers clamoured for a second novelThere must have been a lot of pressure on the young author to maintain such a high standard In addition to his writing and editing Dickens s personal life at the time was typically hectic In March 1837 he moved house Two months later his beloved sister in law Mary Hogarth died tragically young The grief he felt caused him to miss the deadlines for both The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist the only deadlines he ever missed in his entire writing career Four months later in October the final issue of Pickwick was published but the pressure did not let up In January of 1838 Dickens and his friend Hablot Knight Browne Phiz left for Yorkshire to do research for his next novel Nicholas Nickleby which itself started to be serialised two months later Interestingly it was not Browne who illustrated Oliver Twist although he had stepped into the breach before see my review of The Pickwick Papers and also went on to illustrate most of Dickens s further novels It was George Cruikshank and this is the only novel of Dickens he illustrated but that is another dramatic story Also in March Dickens s daughter Mary Mamie was born In November Dickens revised the monthly parts of Oliver Twist for the 3 volume book version the first instance where he was published under Charles Dickens instead of Boz The serial continued until April 1839 alongside serialisation of Nicholas Nickleby If we think that the novel s structure may not be as we would wish it is as well to bear in mind the constraints both of the time and of Dickens s own incredibly complicated personal circumstancesOliver Twist is very much the novel an angry young man would write seething with fury at the social injustices he observed It follows hot on the heels of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 and the whole novel is a bitter indictment of that Act even to its satirical subtitle A Parish Boy s Progress This Act was a draconian tightening up of the Poor Law ensuring that poor people were no longer able to live at home and work at outside jobs The only help from the parish available to them now was to become inmates in the workhouse which operated on the principle that poverty was the conseuence of laziness the dreadful conditions in the workhouse were intended to inspire the poor to better their own circumstancesDickens himself in these chapters constantly makes negative remarks about philosophers in this context It is possible he was thinking about the principles of Utilitarianism a fashionable philosophy of the time responsible for such things as the high positioning of windows in many Victorian buildings placed so that children and workers would not be distracted by looking out of them According to Jeremy Bentham man s actions were governed by the will to avoid pain and strive for pleasure so the government s task was to increase the benefits of society by punishing and rewarding people according to their actionsBut as Dickens tells us with bitter sarcasm in chapter 2 the workhouse was little than a prison for the poor Civil liberties were denied families were separated and human dignity was destroyed The inadeuate diet instituted in the workhouse prompted his ironic comment that all poor people should have the alternative of being starved by a gradual process in the house or by a uick one out of itThe workhouse functions here as a sign of the moral hypocrisy of the working class The authorities in charge of the workhouse joke among themselves about feeding minute portions so that the inmates would stay small and thin thereby needing smaller coffins They complain about having to pay for burials again hoping for smaller corpses to bury Dickens writes a passionate diatribe against both the social conditions and the institutions His humour is there but it is a very black biting humour Sarcasm and irony are on every page it s a far cry from The Pickwick Papers In these scenes set in the workhouse Dickens makes use of deep satire and hyperbolic statements Absurd characters and situations are presented as normal he uses heavy sarcasm often saying the opposite of what he really means For example in describing the men of the parish board Dickens writes that they were very sage deep philosophical men who discover about the workhouse that the poor people liked it It was a regular place of public entertainment for the poorer classes a tavern where there was nothing to payThe other recent legislation which is clearly in Dickens s mind in writing this novel is the Anatomy Act of 1832 Before 1832 only the bodies of murderers could be legally be used for dissection by medical students This had been partly responsible for the brisk trade in bodysnatching But after the Anatomy Act unclaimed bodies from prisons and workhouses were used The terrifying thought of having their bodies dissected after death became yet another powerful deterrent to entering the workhouse system Dickens is clearly thinking of this recent Act in the first few pages when Oliver s mother s body disappears The fact that the poor young woman who dies in its opening pages was being dissected while her son was being starved has a grotesue significanceThere is uite a marked difference in style when the character of Oliver moves away from the workhouse The author s voice becomes less acrimonious and bitter There is concentration on the story and also gross exaggeration of the characters for comic effect rather than proselytising Apparently when Dickens was writing instalments of both The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist he would sit down to write the sardonic early episodes of Oliver Twist first and then reward himself with a little light relief of The Pickwick Papers The change in style probably coincides with the conclusion of The Pickwick PapersSurprisingly many of the grotesue characters were based on people in real life who performed similar unbelievably atrocious acts The character of Fagin for instance was modelled on a notorious Jewish fence by the name of Ikey Solomon Dickens also sited him in a real location where the notorious eighteenth century thief Jonathan Wild had his hideout Its shops were well known for selling silk handkerchiefs bought from pickpockets Dickens letters allude to this when my handkerchief is gone that I may see it flaunting with renovated beauty in Field lane There s also the ruthless magistrate Mr Fang who is entirely based on an actual person who could well have been even severe in reality In a letter dated June 3 1837 Dickens wrote to his friend Thomas Haines In my next number of Oliver Twist I must have a magistratewhose harshness and insolence would render him a fit subject to be shewn upI havestumbled upon Mr Laing of Hatton Garden celebrity Laing was a police magistrate but was dismissed by the Home Secretary for abuse of his power Dickens even went so far as to ask Haines who was an influential police reporter to smuggle him into the office so he could get an accurate physical description of Laing It makes the reader wonder whether Mrs Corney Mrs Sowerberry and others also have their counterparts in reality Dickens had previously studied and sketched the office of beadle in Sketches by Boz so the harsh hypocritical behaviour of Mr Bumble could well have started with thatSome of the action too is based on real events For example when Nancy went to the gaol to enuire after Oliver she had a conversation with a prisoner who was in there for playing the flute This sounds very far fetched But in November 1835 Dickens had reported on Mr Laing throwing a muffin boy in jail for ringing a muffin bell in Hatton Garden while Laing s court was sitting Again the reader wonders if other parts of Dickens s story had some basis in fact It says a lot for Dickens s prodigious talent that he could take such examples and weave them into such a captivating whole Sometimes he employs deus ex machina Where the plot seems to be impossible to resolve without a contrived and unexpected intervention he will create some new event character or object to surprise his audience or as a comedic device For all the readers willing suspension of disbelief it sometimes seems clear that Dickens has painted himself into a corner and sees no other way out Dickens is often criticised for his use of coincidence and he uses deus ex machina here to bring the tale of Oliver Twist to a happy ending We are told that characters whom we have been following know each other or happen to be related It does not really seem necessary to excuse the use of this device as it has so many precedents in literature of the Ancient Greeks and also gives us the happy ending we so much desire The goodies live happily ever after the baddies get an entertaining variety of just desserts As well as the criticism of coincidences that is often levelled at Dickens one of the main criticisms of Oliver Twist has always been the apparent antisemitism shown in the author s portrayal of Fagin as a dirty Jew Fagin is introduced in the first chapters Dickens often using symbols and descriptions which are normally reserved for the Devil When we first meet Fagin we find him roasting some sausages on an open fire with a toasting fork in his hand which is then mentioned twice In the next chapter we find Fagin holding a fire shovel Also the term the merry old gentleman seems to be a euphemistic term for the DevilIn the original text it is clear that Fagin is a personification of evil both by his intentions and by his behaviour In short the wily old Jew had the boy in his toils Having prepared his mind by solitude and gloom to prefer any society to the companionship of his own sad thoughts in such a dreary place he was now slowly instilling into his soul the poison which he hoped would blacken it and change its hue forever And in this description he seems barely human It seemed just the night when it befitted such a being as the Jew to be abroad As he glided stealthily along creeping beneath the shelter of the walls and doorways the hideous old man seemed like some loathsome reptile engendered in the slime and darkness through which he moved crawling forth by night in search of some rich offal for a mealThere is a further interpretation of Fagin Victorian society placed a lot of value and emphasis on industry capitalism and individualism And who embodies this most successfully Fagin who operates in the illicit businesses of theft and prostitution His philosophy is that the group s interests are best maintained if every individual looks out for himself saying a regard for number one holds us all together and must do so unless we would all go to pieces in company This is indeed heavy irony on Dickens s part and adds to Fagin s multi layered personalityApparently Dickens expressed surprise when the Jewish community immediately complained about the depiction of Fagin Sadly in 1837 antisemitism was still rife and ingrained into English society With all great authors we hope that they will somehow manage to step outside the s of their time but maybe we expect too much Up to a point Dickens did manage to do that later When he eventually came to sell his London residence he sold the lease of Tavistock House to a Jewish family he had befriended as an attempt to make restitution Letters of Charles Dickens 1833 1870 include this sentence in the narrative to 1860 This winter was the last spent at Tavistock HouseHe made arrangements for the sale of Tavistock House to Mr Davis a Jewish gentleman and he gave up possession of it in SeptemberThere is other additional evidence of a rethink When editing Oliver Twist for the Charles Dickens edition of his works in 1846 he substantially revised the work for this single volume eliminating most references to Fagin as the Jew And in his last completed novel Our Mutual Friend 1864 Dickens created Riah a positive Jewish character There are not many shades of grey in this highly coloured melodrama Of the goodies and baddies it is the baddies whom we mostly remember Even Sikes s dog Bullseye falls into the baddies camp Mr Sikes s dog having faults of temper in common with his owner and labouring perhaps at this moment under a powerful sense of injuryfixed his teeth in one of the halfboots By this amusing uip Dickens makes the dog a symbolic emblem of his owner s character He is vicious just as Sikes has an animal like brutality In fact many of the characters are named according to their vices There is the vicious magistrate Mr FangMrs Mann who farms the infants sent to her is named to show that she has none of the maternal instincts Dickens considers necessary for this task Mr Bumble is a greedy arrogant bumbling hypocritical procrastinator proposing marriage by these words Coals candles and house rent freeOh Mrs Corney what a angel you areSuch porochial perfectionBlathers and Duff are two fairly incompetent coppers and incidentally possibly the earliest example in fiction of police detectives Rose Maylie echoes the character s association with flowers and springtime youth and beauty Toby Crackit refers humorously to his chosen profession of breaking into houses The curmudgeonly Mr Grimwig has only a superficial grimness which can be removed as easily as a wigBut the main character s name of Oliver Twist is the most obvious example Although it was given him by accident it alludes to the outrageous twists of fortune that he will experience Yet another connotation comes from an English card game called pontoon where a player asks the dealer for cards to try to total exactly 21 points Originally it was a French gambling game called vingt et un and favoured by Napoleon who died in 1821 well before this novel was written In the English version the player asks for ie another card by saying the word Twist Dickens is clearly having a little joke with his readers Oliver Twist himself isn t a fully rounded character He is of a mouthpiece or a character created to arouse public emotion and anger against the treatment of poor children The whole novel is a a vehicle of criticism a social commentary entertaining but overcoloured and melodramatic It is very much the sort of thing Dickens would imagine performed on stageThe hyperbole gets a bit much sometimes and there are sentimental speeches such as this one from Little Dick written entirely for effect to pull at our heart strings I heard them tell the doctor I was dying replied the child with a faint smile I am very glad to see you dear but don t stopI know the doctor must be right Oliver because I dream so much of Heaven and Angels and kind faces that I never see when I am awake Kiss meGoodb ye dear God bless youOliver Twist is a perfect example of persuasive fiction It is like a morality play in narrative form with the author continually instructing his readers about the iniuities of social conditions But it has the faults of a young man s novel He has not yet learnt how to tailor his passions to the purpose creating either characters as a sort of Everyman or grotesues the comic characters we love so muchSome of the writing is mawkishly oversentimental But some episodes are gripping view spoilerFagin s desperate and terrified descent into madness when he is about to be hanged and Sikes s murder of Nancy hide spoiler


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