Oliver Twist short summary & analysis

Oliver Twist



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Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens


Oliver Twist Analysis

Even though reading Charles Dickens creates a worthwhile state of mind, it also presents us a challenging road of internalization. The book being talked about is a world classic and skillfully displays the hitches and griefs in English ghettos before capitalism [1].

At the same time, Oliver Twist makes a significant break in terms of narrating city life and ideology and interpreting England of that time. This is the main reason why Oliver Twist is one of the classics.

Oliver Twist Short Summary

Charles Dickens offers a historical narrative through the life of an orphan child named Oliver Twist. Twist was born in an orphanage and his name was given by that place’s director. First of all, it is best to talk about morphological and linguistic features of the book, in my opinion. Although the book may seem quite thick at first glance, use of colloquial and captivating/immersive style made it easier to get over it.

Being meticulous, this literal work treats criticisms towards unequaled predominant of the time; Victorian London and the Church. The book is also generous when it comes to characters: Fagin, Rose, Charlotte, Brownlow, Dr. Losborn, Sikes... Actually, this is not coincidental. Diversity being talked about is like gold dust as for depicting London of that time. No comments were avoided while telling social conflicts in a skillful way. Embodying all these, the book offers a content that anybody from any class and age could comprehend and appreciate.

In terms of content, we can say it is satisfactory. When you read the book, also you can roam around London of that time with Oliver and his friends, see things in his eyes and dream. Let the words work their magic for you. Even if everything is drawn as dramatic scenes, at the last pages of the book what will welcome you is the ghost of Karma philosophy. The good will eventually be the winner.

Moreover, movie adaptations are also available nonetheless it is thought that they cannot give you pleasure as the book does. After all, novels let us create our own imaginary world while movies only allow us to wander in someone else’s imaginary world. In this sense, I see again that my opt in favor of books is right.

In Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, where the social criticism reaches its peak, we have a chance to understand the communal system of Victorian London. In his work Dickens, who is an English himself, did not make concessions on conventionalism and did remark his thoughts just like an English would do. The ones who favor to read more place and environment pieces, should take Dickens on their list along with Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

With the book, Oliver Twist, I tried to review in company with the intolerable pain of those who cannot read ‘a novel’ these days, a couple of my neurons came back to life. When we adopt as the principle to see beyond what is seen as a truth or at least question the things that we are shown, we will also see what this book is trying to tell. The classics are always good, and they never deteriorate, in fact, they increase in value over the time. As Oliver Twist has all of these qualifications, it has such a worth to read.

[1] Aforecited capitalism is used as a synonym for the industrial revolution. Fundamentally, it should be reminded that capitalism first occurred in London as a agrarian capitalism in such early years like 15th century and prospered here quantitatively. As for industrial revolution, it occurred much later and is implicit in capitalism but not a correspondent for it ontologically.


I bought it for me kid he loved it great stories