Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

All blog posts pertaining to Oliver Twist will be posted here.

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  1. Oliver Twist chapters 10-25:
    I think what I’ve noticed the most so far is the juxtaposition between the obvious goodness in Oliver and the evil of Fagin. I feel like dickens makes a strong point to show Oliver’s good nature even though he is in a destitute situation to show how the impoverished of Victorian London were not all bad, immoral people, a they were regularly made out to be by the upper class. This makes me think of the wall we saw by the Burris sight of all the unwanted. When we were looking at the ribbons, I found one for a little boy named Thomas that could have been in a similar situation as Oliver. This treatment and assumptions of people in poverty as being immoral enlightens me to the social injustice of this time period. Also, reading about helpless children is emotionally difficult.

  2. Knowing to look at gender and identity ahead of time really changed the way I read this section. It is interesting to see how Dickens weaves the two together by way of Nancy and Rose. It’s clear that Dickens want to show the good side of both of these characters; he over and over again portrays the characters as nurturing, and as women who genuinely care about Oliver’s well being. Even though he shows these attributes, Dickens does express some underlying notions about how their identities function. Nancy, who is supposed to be this lower class, immoral character shows the highest moral judgement by supporting Oliver. SpNancy is actually risking he own life to save an innocent child’s. she has nothing to truly gain by protecting him. At the same time, Rose has little to gain either, aside rom mabe having the warm fuzzies from doing a good deed. Victorian readers would have seen Rose as being the most moral character, imply based on her socioeconomic status. I think Dickens is trying to make a point by having Nancy acting in the most moral way, rather than Rose. It’s almost confusing as to why Rose would care about poor baby Oliver so much.

    On a side note, I’m still trying to work out the kinks of posting in the same place as everyone else. I tried to make a WordPress account ( for the second time now) and t his stupid iPad won’t load anything. In the meantime, this seems to be working well. I’ll figure something out.

  3. interesting thoughts about Nancy being more moral than Oliver.. I never thought about it that way

  4. WHAT?!?! This section was intense! On the thought of genre, I think we could make some kind of crazy psychological thriller simply surrounding the story of Sikes and him murdering Nancy and the events that follow. I agree with Mariko on this; that death was no accident. That’s a physical manifestation of a man’s internal battle. He has killed the woman he ( disfunctionally) loves, and now he has to deal with the emotional consequences. At minimum, if we are going to say his death was in fact an accident, we can say this is karma in action.
    At any rate, I can see this section, if not the entire novel, as an illustration of justice in action. Dickens writes the characters that commit the most crimes against humanity (these crimes being h exploitation of various persons, young children being the most popular, and in my opinion, worst) as having to suffer the worst punishment: death and shame. Yet, he makes a point to show his innocent characters achieving happiness. I get a little concerned with my own assertion, however, when it comes to Nancy. Ishe didn’t deserve to be brutally murdered. However, maybe she is better off in death. She lived such a jaded and almost two-faced life, that maybe Dickens is doing her a service by writing in her death. At least now she is not forced to live a terrible life and can finally rest.

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