"Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

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" In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice."

-- Charles Dickens.

The treatment of the poor in Victorian times were terrible. The poor were incredibly deprived, with no housing or enough money to support their families, unlike today, where poor means buying store brand products instead of popular brand names. In Victorian England the pace of industrialization was such that there was a large gap between the poor and the rich and the poor had hardly and rights at all. In Dickens novel, "Oliver Twist", he shows how bad the life of the poor was, children in particular. In "Oliver Twist", Oliver was born in a workhouse, this happened right at the start of the book, and Dickens shows right away how since Oliver started out life in a workhouse he was set in a life of crime and it was hard for him to get out of the cycle.

Once he was enlisted by someone to be a pickpocket then he couldn't leave as he knew too much, he was a threat to the others. Dickens showed this by Fagin constantly reminding the children that they couldn't leave. Children in 1900's Britain were treated with neglect, dismissal and with no affection, sympathy or care. Children were enlisted into crime, they were made to work, and they were forced into workhouses and mostly lived in poverty. Charles Dickens thought that the Poor Law Amendment Act and slave labor was wrong and so he wrote "Oliver Twist" and other novels to show his feelings. I thouroughly enjoyed reading "Oliver Twist". At times it was sad to read about the terrible things that had...