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Oliver Twist Project 1-5

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Hadley Hanson

on 21 April 2014

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Oliver Twist Project 1-5
Discussion Director
1) How are the people who run the workhouse represented in this section?
"The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle, pinioned him in his arms, and shrieked aloud for the beadle"(Dickens, 15).
2) Why didn't Oliver refuse to ask for more food?
"Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery" (Dickens, 15).
3) How are the sowerberries and the workhouse similar?
"'I see no saving in parish children, not I; for they always cost more to keep than they're worth. However men always think they know best. There! Get downstairs, little bag o' bones'"(Dickens, 30).
Literary Luminary Question
1. "Take the boy back to the workhouse, and treat him kindly. He seems to want it" (Dickens, 24).

2. “And what an excellent example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was. Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a beggar; – it would have been hard for the haughtiest stranger to have fixed his station in society. But now he was enveloped in the old calico robes, that had grown yellow in the same service; he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once – a parish child – the orphan of a workhouse – the humble, half-starved drudge – to be cuffed and buffeted through the world, despised by all, and pitied by none” (Dickens, 5).

3.“[…] the parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved, that Oliver should be ‘farmed,’ or, in other words, that he should be despatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off, where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor-laws rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food, or too much clothing, under the parental superintendence of an elderly female who received the culprits at and for the consideration of sevenpence-halfpenny per small head per week” (30).

Imaginative Illustrator
OT collage (personality)- “ Oliver was about to say that he would go along with anybody with great readiness, when, glancing upward, he caught sight of Mrs. Mann, who had got behind the beadle’s chair, and was shaking her fist at him with a furious countenance. He took the hint at once, for the fist had been too often impressed upon his body not to be deeply impressed upon his recollection. ‘Will she go with me?’ inquired poor Oliver” (Dickens, 10).

Cross- “I hope you say your prayers every night, and pray for the people who feed you, and take care of you -like a Christian” (Dickens, 12).

Map- “The next morning, the public were once informed that Oliver Twist was again To Let, and that five pounds would be paid to anybody who would take possession of him” (Dickens, 24).
Now that you have heard the quotes and explanations from Oliver Twist’s chapter 1-5, it is evident that Oliver lives a hard life all because he is poor. During the revolution, you were born into a social class and there was no way of moving out of it. This is unfortunate for the lower classes because they are forced to live a hard life without a choice. It is important to remember that the less fortunate need the same amount of love as everyone else.
In the first five chapters of Oliver Twist, it explains the trials Oliver went through in his early childhood. During the industrial revolution the percentage of children working under the age of 15 was at an all time high at 19%. Children were a cheap source of labor and were small enough to get in the small machines which often led to their death. They were expected to be “little adults” and contribute to the family’s income. Poor orphans worked for free and lived in work houses without a family or a sense of belonging. They lived cruel and harsh lives and most died at a young age. The poor shouldn’t be neglected for being unfortunate.

Word Wizard
Impertinences- Meaning lack of respect "But these impertinences were speedily checked by the evidence of the surgeon, and the testimony of the beadle, the former of whom had always opened the body and found nothing inside (which was very probable indeed), and the latter of whom invariably swore whatever the parish wanted; which was very self-devotional" (Dickens, 7).

Remonstrance- This is a large word meaning a forceful protest "Occasionally, when there was some more than usually interesting inquest upon a parish child who had been overlooked in turning up a bestead, or inadvertently scalded to death when there happened to be a washing; though the latter accident was very scarce,-anything approaching to a washing being of rare occurrence in the farm-the jury would take it into their heads to ask troublesome questions, or the parishioners would reblliously affix their signatures to a remonstrance" (Dickens, 7).

More: Oliver says "Please, sir," I want some more" (Dickens, 15).
Imagery: "
Now, Mr. Bumble was a fat man, and a choleric; so, instead of responding to this open-hearted salutation in a kindred spirit, he gave the little wicket a tremendous shake, and then bestowed upon it a kick which could have emanated from no leg but a beadle's" (Dickens, 8).

"Mrs. Mann Ushered the beadle into a small parlour with a brick floor; placed a seat for him; and officiously deposited his cocked hat and cone on the table before him" (Dickens, 8).
: "Boys have generally excellent appetites. Oliver Twist and his companions suffered the tortures of slow starvation for three months; at last they got so voracious and wild with hunger that one boy; who was tall for his age, and hadn't been used to that sort of thing,(for his father had kept a small cook's shop): hinted darkly to his companions, that unless he had another basin of gruel per diem, he was afraid he might some night happen to eat the boy who slept next him, who happened to be a weakly youth of tender age. He had a wild, hungry eye: and they implicitly believed him" (Dickens, 15).
Allusion Artisan
1. "Thereby
finding in the lowest depth a deeper still
; and proving herself a very great experimental philosopher"(30).

2. “Among other public buildings in a certain,which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one a
nciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse
...” (27).

3. “…Oliver Twist and his indentures were to be conveyed before the magistrate, for signature and approval, that very afternoon” (45).
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