English Midterm

English Midterm - E nglish M idte rm Amoung other public...

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English Midterm!! “Amoung other public buildings in the town of Mudfog, it boasts of one which is common to most towns great or small, wit, a workhouse; and in this work house there was born on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events, the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter. “ **Just another name in the system. Less than a person. Born to die. Given name at random. Relates back to Poor Law debate and question the system. -Utilitatism. Let these people suffer for the greater good. :sturdy spirit in Oliver’s breast.” --being brought up in that system made him pure. Nature v. nurture. “So they established the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative ( for they would compel nobody, not they,) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it.” **discusses philosophy of Poor Law -Dickens showing scarsim at Poor Laws and effects on the poor. They take a man away and mother stuck with the child. -City v. country. City corrupt and country is good. All bad things happen in city and good things happen in country. **Chapter 8 Important in Oliver Twist** “…some sausages were cooking; and standing over them, with a toasting-fork in his hand, was a very old shriveled Jew, whose villainous-looking and
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repulsive face was obscured by a quantity of matted red hair. He was dressed in a greasy flannel gown, with his throat bare, and seemed to be dividing his attention between the frying pan and a clothes horse, over which a great number of silk handkerchiefs were hanging. **Fagen: big nose, has pitch fork, and tied with the devil. **Sausage tells he is a Jew and immediately evident. “They wore a good deal of hair, not very neatly turned up behind, and were rather untidy about the shoes and stockings. They were not exactly pretty, perhaps; but they had a great deal of color in their faces, and looked quite stout and hearty. Being remarkably free and agreeable in their manners, Oliver though them very nice girls indeed, as there is no doubt they were. “ --free they are prostitutes and not very pretty. They can be innocent. “The man who growled out these words was a stoutly-built fellow of about five and forty, in a black velveteen coat, very soiled drab breeches, lace up half boots, and grey cotton stockings, which enclosed a very bulky pair of legs, with large swelling claves, the kind of legs which in such costume always look in an unfinished and incomplete state without a set of fetters to garnish them.” Page 98 **Fetters are straps that g around your ankles. This is a sign for a criminal.
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course ENGLISH 467 taught by Professor Cordeba during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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