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Oliver Twist         The Poverty And Cruelty Of Old London And

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Oliver Twist The poverty and cruelty of old London and surrounding areas set in England inspired Charles Dickens to create an incredibly moving and interesting story of a simple pauper boy going through life in a harsh and unforgiving time.Oliver Twist is not just about some boy that was born poor trying to survive in the streets of London.I discovered that there is more to the book than just the story of Oliver and his friends; there are hidden truths to the book that still apply to everyday action today. As a boy with no money in a place where people without wealth, especially children, are looked upon with less respect than poorly treated dog.Oliver is a boy that was born in a london workhouse with only his mother, a nurse, and the surgeon that delivered him. His mother died almost immediatly after his birth and his father was one of the many men his mother had "worked" and had left them as soon as he had done his business. So Oliver grew up with other orphans in a grouphome with violent children and a keeper that saved a lot of money feeding the children watered down crushed grains or "gruel".He is brought out of the orphanage to be plced in a workhouse by a man named Mr. Bumble on th day of his ninth birthday. Mr. Bumble is an extremely unreasonable man with very little patience for young,uneducated pauper boys and yet he retains enough self pity for himself. Oliver is taken to the work house and fed even more meager rations. He is presented before the "board" and when he is questioned he gets overwhelmed and starts to cry. The men of the board believe that this is a sign of ungratefulness and stupidity.So Oliver is forced to live at the workhouse until one fateful day when one of the children he lived with decided they needed more to eat so somebody had to ask for more. The children looked around and since Oliver was one of the smallest he was forced to ask for more gruel. The person serving the gruel acted as if Oliver had commited not only a crime but an atrocity, how dare some poor wretch have the ungratefullness and pride to demand for more gruel than that which was given?! So they beat him and put him up for sale as an apprentice. A chimney sweeper with a detailed history of abuse and possible torture to other boys he had apprenticed, two of which had died from blood loss. When the proper papers were to be signed and Oliver was to be turned over he begged to be beaten, starved, and even hung but not released to this man. One of the old men of the board had mercy and instead sold him to an honest undertaker. Oliver went there very gratefully and swore he would work for the undertaker very diligently. He worked hard at comforting people at funerals. He slept in the basement of the house with the coffins and fed meat the dog wouldn't touch. He worked well until another boy who was a friend of the female head of the house insulted his mother and Oliver attacked him very viciously. After being beaten Oliver escaped to London where he meets...

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