Crime in "Oliver Twist" Argumentative Essay by cherimumby

Crime in "Oliver Twist"
A discussion on whether Charles Dickens romanticises crime in "Oliver Twist" by encouraging too much sympathy for the criminal characters.
# 64435 | 2,695 words | 11 sources | APA | 2004 | GB
Published on Mar 14, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Argument)

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This paper attempts to dispel the claim that Dickens romanticises crime in "Oliver Twist". It looks at how he gives an account of the miserable reality of the way the underworld operated in London at the time and the sheer ruthlessness and inhumanity portrayed by criminals. It also discusses how Dickens also holds a mirror up to society to show the squalid poverty experienced by people in the workhouses and the corruption of people in positions of power such as Mr Bumble and Mr Fang, the magistrate.

From the Paper:

"In a preface to Oliver Twist, written in 1841, Dickens makes direct response to Thackeray's criticism of Nancy's character. ?It is useless to discuss whether the conduct and character of the girl seems natural or unnatural, probable or improbable, right or wrong. It is true. Every man who has watched these melancholy shades of life knows it to be so. Suggested to my mind long ago - long before I dealt in fiction - by what I often saw and read of, in actual life around me, I have, for years, tracked it through many profligate and noisome ways, and found it still the same. From the first introduction of that poor wretch, to her laying her bloody head upon the robber's breast, there is not one word exaggerated or over-wrought. It is emphatically God's truth.... It involves the best and the worst shades of common nature... it is a contradiction, an anomaly, an apparent impossibility, but it is a truth.` "

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