Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist: riasunto in inglese

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analisi delle avventure e tematiche di Oliver Twist e breve riassunto della vita di Charles Dickens. Riassunto in inglese del romanzo Oliver Twist (2 pagine formato doc)


Oliver Twist is a foundling.

When he is nine years old, he is taken back to the workhouse in which he was born, where he lives a miserable life and receives no education. He then runs away and on the road meet a young pickpocket, so he follows him to London where he is introduced to other friends. The new friend were a gang of young criminals led by Fagin, an old Jew. They force OliOliver Twist ver to help them in their criminal activities. Oliver Twist is rescued  by Mr. Brownlow, a benevolent gentleman, but some members of the gang kidnap the boy.
After many incidents, the gang is caught by the police and Oliver Twist is discovered to be a relation of Mr. Brownlow’s. he has finally found a family.

Charles Dickens: riassunto di Oliver Twist


The  work tells the adventure of an orphan who manages to preserve his angelic character despite a very hard life. Charles Dickens combines the sentimental, melodramatic story of an orphan child  exploited by a gang of thieves with the keen social satire and realism. This enables him to tackle important social issues: the new Poor Law which assigned poor people to workhouse in which living conditions resembled those of a prison.
Poverty during Victorian period was atrocious. Many children lived in conditions that we would find shocking today, so it was very common that many of them chose a life of crime rather than begin full time work as young as five or the slow starvation that workhouses inflicted.

Oliver Twist: commento del romanzo di Dickens


Certainly there was some attempt to provide children with some education at the workhouses, and there were charity schools organised by churches, but most of them gave children only a poor place to stay, and a bit of education.
So the comic element helps to highlight serious issues such as social injustice. Dickens is also very good at mixing social criticism with lively portraits of universal characters such as Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Mann. Mr. Bumble is described as a man with an hypocritical sense of his own importance and of the mission of the workhouse.

Charles Dickens: analisi del romanzo Oliver Twist