MidTerm - ENGL 4120 MidTerm Oliver Twist-item of mortality...

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ENGL 4120 MidTerm Oliver Twist: -“item of mortality”: less than a person; born to die; just another number in the system; poor law debate; name given at random; -“…found him a pale, thin child, somewhat diminutive in stature, and decidedly small in circumference. But nature or inheritance had implanted a good sturdy spirit in Oliver’s breast: it had had plenty of room to expand, thanks to the spare diet of the establishment”: inheritance his mother had given him his pureness and made him uncorruptable; -“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.”…”They made a great many wise and humane regulations”; “…instead of compelling a man to support his family as they had theretofore done, took his family away from him, and made him a bachelor”: Dickens shows sarcasm toward the poor laws and the effects on the poor -“It is the custom on stage in all good murderous melodramas to present the tragic and comic scenes in as regular alternation as the layers of red and white in a side of streaky, well- cured bacon”: this shows the issue of digression; transitions from funny to tragic; streaks of life; -“…the hideous old man seemed like some loathsome reptile, engendered in the slime an darkness though which he moved, crawling forth by night in search of some rich offal for a meal.”: description of Fagin “The Jew”; he is portrayed like a reptile; question of anti-Semitism and the “convenient villain”; feeding on Christian babies -“It is my living, and the cold, wet, dirty streets are my home; and you’re the wretch that drove me to them long ago, and that’ll keep me there day and night, day and night till I die”: realization that Nancy is a prostitute; poor laws; prostitution; the fallen woman and her inability to get back up; she is not helpless, she just wants Bill to change with her -“It is a simple question of identity, you will observe, said that doctor”: trying to decide if
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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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MidTerm - ENGL 4120 MidTerm Oliver Twist-item of mortality...

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