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Alunna:Giulia Carrubba

&Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

And women?

  • Plot long and complicated by subplots
  • Setting: the city, the main symbol of civilisation
  • realistic characters, so readers could identify with

characteristics of novel

  • Became the most popular form of literature in the Victorian Age.
  • Published in periodicals, this genre aimed to reflect social changes, particularly those brought about by the Industrial Revolution.
  • Novelists described society as they observed it, depicting the societal shifts they witnessed.
  • The omniscient narrator played a significant role in highlighting the distinctions between what was considered "right" and "wrong" in society.

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The age of fiction

as a reporter and developed his tendency toward writing. After a couple of years he started a full time career as a novelist. Dickens had a photografic memory which he used in his autobiographical novels.

  • In Dickens' novels, characters belong to a lower class.
  • His aim was to arouse reader's interest by exaggerating habits and language.
  • Always on the side of the poor.
  • Children:the most important characters in novels.
  • Effective language
  • Accomplished grafic descriptions of life and character.

charactersandstyle

  • London: setting for most of Dickens' novels.
  • Aware of spiritual and material corruption due to the industrialisation;
  • result: critical attitude towards his society.
  • Dickens' task: make the ruling classes aware of social problems.
  • Aquiring the knowledge to the wealthier classes about them.

dickens' london and his didactic aim

Charles Dickens had an unhappy childhood. He started to work

his life

Charles dickens

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  • parochial world of the workhouses
  • criminal world
  • middle-class world

london life

themes

the plot

  • criticism towards the cruelty of institution and indivduals towards poor children
  • effects of poverty on individual's life
  • crime

London is shown in 3 social levels:

Oliver twist

  • Oliver Twist, a poor orphan, is brought up in a workhouse.
  • Sold to an undertaker as an apprentice.
  • His escape to London leads him to a gang of pickpockets.
  • Trained to become a thief, he is taken to witness a theft by the gang.
  • Rescued by Mr. Brownlow, he is later kidnapped and forced to commit a burglary, resulting in his injury.
  • Mr. Brownlow adopts Oliver and discovers his noble origins, leading to the arrest of the gang's members.
  • Dickens shows the horrible conditions in the workhouses and in the poor social class in London during the mid-1800's.
  • He used irony and humor to show things that were not humorous at all.
  • Throughout the novel: aura of depression and deeply-felt grief and bitterness.

book

  • The subject of Oliver's history barely touched throughout the whole movie,
  • Rose Maylie was never mentioned
  • Oliver was never shot
  • Irony is not used at all.
  • Mainly for entertainment; meant to appeal to the audience, not to reveal the truth.

film

Oliver twist

Book or film?differences

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A great number of novels were written by women. Since it was very dificult to pubblish art and writings as women, they started to use male pseudonym to have their work printed.Also the majority of novels-buyers were women, since they spent more time at home.

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