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Charles Dickens-Oliver Twist

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Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
Chapter 1
Meet Oliver Twist.
He is a poor orphan, born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse in an unnamed town
His mother died when he was born and his
father is nowhere to be found...
Around the time of Oliver's ninth birthday, Mr. Bumble, a parish beadle, decides that Oliver is old enough to begin working in the workhouse...
One day, the workhouse boys decide to draw lots to ask if they can have another portion of gruel - the thin porridge they are fed to keep them just strong enough to work all day at the workhouse. This clip from the musical film adaptation of the story shows you what happens next...
Your task for today is
Chapter 2
Running Away to London

Oliver is sold by Mr Bumble after he disgraces
himself by asking for more gruel.
Because of his sad expression, he gets a job with Mr
Sowerberry, the funeral director, walking behind the
coffins during funeral processions.
However, one of the other boys who works at the funeral directors', Noah Claypole, makes jokes about Oliver being an orphan and cruel comments about his mum. So Oliver fights with Noah and runs away to London
Meeting Fagin
Watch the film
version of the first meeting
with Fagin.
This is a very atmospheric piece of
film. You will write a descriptive
piece of writing, pretending to be Oliver
as he enters Fagin's den
Charles Dickens was particularly
interested in stories that highlighted
the social conditions of the poor
people in Victorian society. He was also
interested in showing the conditions in which
Victorian children existed.

His novel Oliver Twist, which was first
serialised in a magazine called Bentley's Miscellany, is the first British novel with a child character as its hero...
Oliver beats Noah!
Now Oliver runs away to London
and meets a strange boy called Dodger.
Here is Dickens' original text:
"Going to London?" said the strange boy, when Oliver had at length concluded.


"Got any lodgings?"




The strange boy whistled; and put his arms into his pockets, as far as the big coat sleeves would let
them go.

"Do you live in London?" inquired Oliver.

"Yes. I do, when I'm at home," replied the boy. "I suppose you want some place to sleep in to-night, don't you?"

"I do, indeed," answered Oliver. "I have not slept under a roof since I left the country."

"Don't fret your eyelids on that score," said the young gentleman. "I've got to be in London to-night; and I know a 'spectable old genelman as lives there, wot'll give you lodgings for nothink, and never ask for the change -- that is, if any genelman he knows interduces you. And don't he know me? Oh, no! Not in the least! By no means. Certainly not!"
Oliver is an INNOCENT character
Dodger is a TRICKSTER

We will be doing some drama this
lesson based on these character archetypes
You will be given dialogue cards to try to act
out the parts of Oliver and Dodger !
Poor Oliver doesn't realise that Fagin and his gang of boys are criminals. He thinks that they are simply playing games when they pretend to take handkerchiefs from Fagin's pockets.
Caught up in an attempted robbery, Oliver tries to run away, but the old gentleman who was the victim of the robbery, Mr Brownlow, takes pity on Oliver and looks after him in his house. But Dodger and Fagin manage to steal poor Oliver away and he returns to Fagin's den. A friendly lady called Nancy is sympathetic towards Oliver and saves him from beatings by Fagin and a scary and evil character called Sikes, who is a friend of Fagin. Later Sikes even threatens to kill poor Oliver if he doesn't clamber through the window to help him during a robbery.
The Arrival of Monks?
Who is this mysterious stranger?
What will happen to Nancy at the hands of
You will hear about a strange character called Monks, who suddenly appears in the story. He seems to know something about Oliver and for some reason, he is desperate that Oliver is seen as a criminal. Why does this stranger want Oliver to live a life of crime rather than return to the care of the kind Mr Brownlow?
Look and listen the conversation between Monks and Mr Bumble of the workhouse. Your task today will be to solve the mystery of Monks and the locket. (tr. 4, 15.20)
How will Bill Sikes react when Nancy helps to save Oliver from Monks, Sikes and Fagin?

What do you predict will happen at the end of the story?
Will Oliver have a happy life at last?

And now KAHOOT TIME !!!
The evil Sikes is the main villain in the story. You are going to take part in a reciprocal reading session about the villain Sikes .
Each group has a different piece of text about Sikes. Using reciprocal reading roles you will discover what you can and report back to the rest of the class about Sikes and his evil plans!

When we have heard from all groups, We will prepare WANTED posters for this deadly character!
Meet Oliver!

Please sir, Can I have some more?
Please sir - can I have some more?
Different versions- adaptations of the famous book
how would you feel if you met this man?
Childhood- early years

Charles Dickens was born on February 7th, Portsea, England.
His parents were middle-class, when Dickens was 12 years old his father was put in debtor`s prison and Charles had to quit school and work in a blacking factory.
Charles Dickens's birthplace, 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth
Victorian era

The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain.

Britain was the leading world center for advanced engineering and technology.
Victorian age- Techology

Britain was the leading world center for advanced engineering and technology.
Victorain Age- Middle class
vs. working class
Industrialisation brought with it a rapidly growing middle class whose increase in numbers had a significant effect on the social strata itself: cultural norms, lifestyle, values and morality.
They emphasized hard-work and morality.
Victorian Age- Middle classes` religion
The Middle Class promoted WORK as a moral virtue ! They hated the poor and lower classes -they were stigmatized as lazy.
According to the middle class earned wealth was a sign of moral virtue and God`s favour.
Those who could not support themselves were considered immoral and evil.
Victorian Age- child labour
Girl pulling a coal tub in mine. From official report of the parliamentary commission in the mid 19th century
The Victorian era became notorious for the employment of young children in factories and mines and as chimney sweeps.
Child labour, played an important role in the Industrial Revolution from its outset: Charles Dickens, for example, worked at the age of 12 in a blacking factory,

Children as young as 4 were put to work. In coal mines, children began work at the age of 5 and generally died before the age of 25. Many children (and adults) worked 16-hour days.
"Mother bides at home, she is troubled with bad breath, and is sair weak in her body from early labour. I am wrought with sister and brother, it is very sore work; cannot say how many rakes or journeys I make from pit's bottom to wall face and back, thinks about 30 or 25 on the average; the distance varies from 100 to 250 fathom. I carry about 1 cwt. and a quarter on my back; have to stoop much and creep through water, which is frequently up to the calves of my legs."
(Isabella Read, 12 years old, coal-bearer, testimony gathered by Ashley's Mines Commission 1842
Ana Štrbac,
SKC Kragujevac,
May 2016
Warren`s Blacking factory where Dickens worked as a child
(4.00) video
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