Oliver Twist

“Please, sir, I want some more.”, says poor young Oliver twist before he is sold for five pounds to work for an undertaker.

“Please, sir, I want some more.”, is a famous quote from a book we’ve all heard of called Oliver twist, by an author we’ve all heard of named Charles Dickens.  This book is about a boy named Oliver Twist, (as the title suggests, )Who Is abducted and used by a band of thieves led by a criminal named Fagin.  It is a very engaging book, filled with mystery, escape, murder, betrayal and other interesting themes.

This book takes place in England, which at that time was a very unjust society.  Many of the themes in the book have to do with injustice committed against the poor, good VS. evil, and mistaken identity.

Some of the main characters are : Oliver : Oliver Twist is an orphan who is particularly mistreated and beaten.  In one scene, he loses his temper and attacks Noah Claypole, who at the time is insulting Oliver’s mother.  The main mystery of the book is who Oliver’s mother is.

Nancy : She is one of Fagin’s gang of young pickpockets, only she still has a sense of morality left in her.  She risks (and eventually loses) her life for young Oliver.

Sikes : Sikes is another criminal in the book.  He is more cunning than Fagin, and even scares him.  When Sikes finds out that Nancy ratted him out to help Oliver, he kills her.  However, in the next chapter, he accidentally hangs himself (ironic, huh?).

The time that Dickens was writing about was an era when something called The Poor Law was in effect.  The poor law was a law that made every parish construct a workhouse (a house where the poor could learn valuable trades).  The only problem was, as demonstrated in the book, the people who ran the workhouses where mean, and they would steal from the poor and starve them (and often, they would horribly abuse them).

This book is a classic novel, and it uses the most beautiful form of language to protest injustice.  Add this to your summer reading list to travel back in time to accompany Oliver on his journey.


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