Dicken’s Monumental Novel Oliver Twist Book Review

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Oliver Twist Book Review  

Like most of Dickens’s works, Oliver Twist is a novel that
encompasses many genres. It is a novel that talks about serious issues, it is a
mystery story, and some chapters can even seem to belong to horror-fiction. The
plot of the story, extremely famous and familiar to many, revolves around the
life of a young orphan boy named Oliver, who embodies saint-like purity and
incorruptibility. He falls into the hands of an evil thief-trainer called Fagin
and his gang of petty criminals. Oliver faces many obstacles and lives through
many horrors throughout the novel.


Dickens’s writings are always political and social
commentaries. They provide a powerful insight into the social injustices and
the political oppressions that the poor people were subjected to in the England
of the nineteenth century. Oliver Twist began to be published in a magazine in
the year 1837 under Dickens’s pseudonym, Boz. It was the author’s second novel.
It is a vehement protest against the Poor Law of 1834 – the main function of
this law was to punish the poor for being poor and ensure that they never could
rise out of their poverty. 

Oliver Twist is a ruthless satire; it effectively
pierces the middle class’s veil of complacency and snobbery and reveals the
hypocrisies that plague society. Though the novel deals with the England of the
Industrial Revolution, it is as valuable a political critique today as it was during
Dickens’s own lifetime.



Oliver does not
always come across as a very real person, but at certain points one can
identify with him completely. Every day we see young children, orphans or
otherwise, being exploited and ill-treated. But we are mostly immune to pangs
of guilt or pain. Oliver Twist gives voice to the people who are perpetually
ignored and forgotten. For the space of the novel we can see society from their
perspective.

 

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