Category Blog Post 1

Please Sir, can I have some fore(shadowing)?

Dickens, among modern academics, is not known for his subtly. He was a writer who liked to make sure that his reader understood what was going on, no matter what. He was certainly able to do it in such a way that it does not completely offend the reader’s senses (I don’t feel condescended to). While he […]

Oliver Twist, Chapters 10-25

One thing I’ve been paying attention to so far in Oliver Twist is images of economics and wealth – who has it, where they get it, and what they do with it. I’ve noticed several specific instances of money or other commodities being exchanged among characters. Mr. Bumble pays Mrs. Mann for her care of […]

Oliver Twist, Chapters 10-25

These and the preceding chapters of Oliver Twist call up many questions regarding the notion of identity. As several of the other blog posts have mentioned, the notion of identity is toyed with in multiple ways throughout the novel. Clothing often signifies social class and thus expectations of behavior and manners. The streets and neighborhoods with […]

post 1: Oliver Twist

While reading, I noticed a huge parallel between the events of the assigned chapters and some facts learned on the walk today, namely, that kids were treated horribly. Our guide this morning was saying that children were used for the most awful jobs (like cleaning the poop out of cesspits in Victorian homes) because they […]

Oliver Twist, Chapters 7-25

Throughout my reading of Oliver Twist, I found Charles Dickens’ naming of his characters the most intriguing aspect of the novel so far. The most obvious is “the Artful Dodger,” named for his skill in pickpocketing. Oliver Twist’s name also reflects all of the “twists and turns” the young protagonist experiences, such as moving from house to […]

Oliver Twist Chapter 10-25

The distinction between classes becomes even more obvious in chapter 13. Nancy has to dress in fancy clothes to trick others into thinking that she is Oliver’s sister. Clothing is a symbol of class and people take Nancy more seriously when she is dressed in fancier clothing because they assume she is higher in social […]