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Oliver Twist and the Victorian Era

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Olivia Best

on 12 December 2013

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Transcript of Oliver Twist and the Victorian Era

Book Summary
Oliver Twist and the Victorian Era
Took place from 1837 to 1901

The Industrial Revolution was starting to take off.

This was the cause of many people living in poverty.

With this poverty, even children were being forced to do hard labor.

Crime rates were very high because many people could not take the hard working conditions.

Social classes were evident- split into: Upper class, Middle class, and Working class.

Poverty in Oliver Twist
-Oliver grew up as an orphan with no money.
-He had to live in a workhouse in order to have food and shelter.
-Many people were out of a job and had to work in workhouses.
-When no jobs could be found, many people would resort to stealing just to get by.

Social Classes
-In Oliver Twist, social classes were very evident.
-The classes were split up into working (lowest), middle, and upper class.
-Oliver was in the working class because he was very poor and had to work from a very young age.
-Many people who looked after Oliver and managed the workhouses were in the upper class.
In conclusion, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens was an excellent book

There were many shocking events, and it really connected with the Victorian Era.

About the Author
Oliver Twist was a young orphan whose mother had died after he was born.
His mother was married but no one knew who she was.
Oliver grew up working in factories and workhouses.
He ran into the wrong group of people and started to get in trouble with the law.
After a turn of events, Oliver had found his half brother Monks who was trying to get him in trouble with the law.
Monks was keeping an inheritance that partly belonged to Oliver as well.
Charles Dickens was born February 7th 1812
He began to work in a factory at the age of 12, because his family was in major dept.
Once his father gained money, he immediately put Charles into a school.
Charles discovered his passion for writing.
His dark past of working at the factory helped him to write some of his books such as David Copperfield, and Great Expectations.
All together Dickens was able to write 5 novels.
He passed away in 1870.
Victorian Era
Crime and Punishment in Oliver Twist
- It was a crime for Oliver to ask for more food in the
-For this act he could have been sentenced to be hanged.
-Children and adults were beginning to steal because it was much better than the punishments of working in a workhouse.

Thank you.
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