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Oliver Twist (1837) By Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) Materials: DVD of Oliver Twist with subtitles Summary of the book: One of Dickens’ most popular stories is Oliver Twist , an early work published 1837-8. Like many of his novels, its central theme is the hardship faced by the poor dispossessed and those of the outside of ‘polite’ society. Oliver himself is born in a workhouse and treated cruelly as was the norm at the time for pauper children. Bumble, a parish council official or ‘beadle’, was particularly cruel. The story follows Oliver as he escapes the workhouse and runs away to London. Here he receives an education in crime from the Fagin’s gang that includes the brutal thief Bill Sikes, the famous ‘Artful Dodger’ and Nancy, Bill’s whore. Oliver is rescued by the intervention of a benefactor - Mr Brownlow - but the mysterious Monks gets the gang to kidnap the boy again. Nancy intervenes but is murdered viciously by Sikes after she has showed some redeeming qualities and has discovered Monk’s sinister intention. The story closes happily: with justice for Bumble and the cruel Monks who has hidden the truth of Oliver’s parentage out of malice. Accusations were made that the book glamorised crime (like the ‘Newgate Group’ of the period) but Dickens wisely disassociated himself from criminal romances. His greatest achievement was in presenting the underworld and problems of poverty to the rich upper classes in a way rarely attempted previously . About the author: Dickens was 19th century London personified, he survived its mean streets as a child and, largely self-educated, possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of a clerk at the Navy Pay Office. His father, John Dickens, continually living beyond his means, was imprisoned for debt in 1824. 12-year-old Charles was removed from school and sent to work at a boot-blacking factory, earning six shillings a week to help support the family. This dark experience cast a shadow over the clever, sensitive boy that became a defining experience in his life. He would later write that he wondered "how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age". This childhood poverty and feelings of abandonment, although unknown to his readers until after his death, would be a great influence on Dickens' later views on social reform and the world he would create through his fiction. Dickens wrote 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles before his death on June 9, 1870. He wished to be buried quietly in a small cemetery in Rochester, but the Nation would not allow it. He was laid to rest in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Flowers from thousands of mourners overflowed the open grave.
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