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1 O liver’s early life
O liver Twist was born in a workhouse，and when he arrived in this hard world，it was very doubtful whether he would live beyond the first three
minutes(He lay on a hard little bed and struggled to start breathing(
O liver fought his first battle without much assistance from the two
people present at his birth(One was an old woman，who was nearly
always drunk， and the other was a busy local doctor，who was not paid
enough to be very interested in O liver’s survival( After all，death was
a common event in the workhouse，where only the poor and homeless lived(
However，O liver managed to draw his first breath，and the n announced his arrival to the rest of the workhouse by crying loudly(His mother
raised her pale young face from the pillow and whispered， ‘Let me see
the child， and die(’
The doctor turned away from the fire， where he had been warming his hands( ‘You must not talk about dying yet，’he said to her kindly(He
gave her the child to hold(Lovingly，she kissed the baby on its forehead with her cold white lips，the n stared wildly around the room，fell
back-and died. ‘Poor dear～’said the nurse，hurriedly putting a green glass bottle back in the pocket of her long skirt.
The doctor began to put on his coat( ‘The baby is weak and will probably have difficulties，’ he said( ‘If so， give it a little milk to keep it quiet(’The n he looked at the dead woman. ‘The mother was a good,looking girl(Where did she come from,’
‘She was brought here last night，’replied the old woman. ‘She was
found lying in the street. She’d walked some distance，judging by her
shoes，which were worn to pieces(Where she came from，where she was
going to，or what her name was，nobody knows.’
The doctor lifted the girl’s left hand. ‘The old story，’he said
sadly，shaking his head( ‘No wedding ring， I see(Ah～Good night.’
And so O liver was left with only the drunken nurse(Without clothe s，
under his first blanket， he could have been the child of a king or a
beggar(But when the woman dressed him later in rough cotton clothe s，
yellow with age，he looked exactly what he was - an orphan in a workhouse， ready for a life of misery，hunger， and neglect.
O liver cried loudly(If he could have known that he was a workhouse orphan， perhaps he would have cried even more loudly.
The re was no one to look after the baby in the workhouse，so O liver was
sent to a special ‘baby farm’ nearby. The re，he and thirty other
children rolled around the floor all day，without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing. Mrs Mann，the old woman who
‘looked after’ them， was very experienced(She knew what was
good for children，and a full stomach was very dangerous to their health. She also knew what
This was the way O liver was brought up. Consequently， at the age of
nine he was a pale，thin child and short for his age(But despite frequent
beatings by Mrs Mann， his spirit was strong， which was probably the
reason why he managed to reach the age of nine at all(
On O liver’s ninth birthday， Mr Bumble the beadle came to the house to see Mrs Mann(Through the front window Mrs Mann saw him at the gate， and turned quickly to the girl who worked with her(
‘Quick～Take O liver and those others upstairs to be washed～’she
said(The n she ran out to unlock the gate((It was always kept locked to prevent official visitors walking in unexpectedly()
‘I have business to talk about，’Mr Bumble told Mrs Mann as he entered the house(He was a big fat man， often bad-tempered， and was
full of self-importance. He did not like to be kept waiting at a locked gate.
Mrs Mann took his hat and coat， placed a chair for him，and expressed great concern for his comfort( ‘You’ve had a long walk，Mr Bumble’
she said， ‘and you must be thirsty(’She took out a bottle from the cupboard(
‘No， thank you， Mrs Mann. Not a drop(’He waved the bottle away(
‘Just a little drop， Mr Bumble， with cold water，’ said Mrs Mann persuasively(
Mr Bumble coughed( ‘What is it,’ he asked， looking at the bottle with interest(
‘Gin(I keep it for the children’s medicine drink.’
‘You give the children gin，Mrs Mann,’asked Mr Bumble，watching as she mixed his drink(
‘Only with medicine， sir( I don’t like to see the m suffer(’
‘You’re a good woman， Mrs Mann(’ Mr Bumble drank half his glass immediately( ‘I’ll tell the board about you(Now - the reason why I’m here( O liver Twist is nine years old today( We’ve never been able to discover anything about his parents.’
‘The n how did he get his name,’
‘I gave it to him，’said Mr Bumble proudly( ‘We follow the alphabet(The last one was an S-Swubble( The n it was T， so
this one is Twist( The next one will be Unwin(Anyway，Oliver Twist is now old enough to return to the workhouse( Bring him here， please(’
While Mrs Mann went to get him， Mr Bumble finished the rest of his gin(
Oliver， his face and hands now almost clean， was led into the room.
‘Will you come along with me，Oliver,’asked Mr Bumble in a loud voice(
Oliver was very glad to be free of Mrs Mann’s violence， but he said
nothing because she w
Mr Bumble walked on with long steps，with O liver on his short little legs running beside him(The feeling of contentment produced by gin,and,
water had now disappeared，and the beadle was in a bad mood once more(
Back at the workhouse， O liver was taken to see the board. He stood in front of ten fat men who were sitting around a table(
‘What’s your name， boy,’ asked a particularly fat man with a very round， red face(
O liver was frightened at the sight of so many people， and started to cry.
‘Why are you crying,’
The beadle hit him on the back，and so naturally O liver cried even more.
‘The boy is a fool，’one member of the board announced.
‘You know you have no father or mother，’said the first man， ‘and
that you have been brought up with other orphans,’
‘Yes， sir，’replied O liver， crying bitterly(
‘Why is the boy crying,’repeated the other man， puzzled(
‘You have come here to be educated，’continued the fat man， ‘so
you will start working here tomorrow at six o’clock(’
O liver was led away to a large room， where，on a rough hard bed，he
cried himself to sleep(
The room in the workhouse where the boys were fed was a large stone
hall，and at one end the master and two women served the food(This
consisted of a bowl of thin soup three times a day， with a piece of bread on Sundays(The boys ate everything and were always hungry(The bowls
never needed washing(The boys polished the m with their spoons until
They shone(After three months of this slow starvation，one of the boys
told the others he was so hungry that one night he might eat the boy who slept next to him(He had a wild hungry eye，and the other boys
believed him(After a long discussion，They decided that one of the m
should ask for more food after supper that evening，and O liver
Review of ‘Oliver Twist’
As you have read ‘Oliver Twist ’, a novel reflecting the tragic fact of the life in Britain in 18th century which has became one of the most famous works of Charles Dickens, you can really understand the worlds‘regain the nature of goodness ’.
Charles Dickens was born in a poor family ,having a poor background ,he wrote this novel in his twenties ,who was just with a view to reveal the ugly masks of those cruel criminals,as well as to expose the horror and violence hidden underneath the narrow and dirty streets in London.
The hero of ‘Oliver Twist’ was an orphan named Oliver Twist, when he was born ,he was thrown into a world which is full of poverty and crime. He has suffered enormous pains, such as hunger, thirst, beating and abuse. While reading the tragic experiences of the little Oliver, I was shocked by his sufferings. I felt really sorry for the poor boy, but at the same time I detest the evil Fagin and the brutal Bill. To my relief, as all the happy stories do, the goodness eventually conquered devil and Oliver lived a
happy life at the end. One of the plots which attracted me most is that after the theft, little Oliver was allowed to recover in the kind care of Mrs. Maylie and Rose and began a new life. He went for walks with them, or Rose read to him, and he worked hard at his lessons. He felt as if he had left behind forever the world of crime and hardship and poverty.
Sometimes,in the deep and quiet nights,I keep asking myself,how can such a little boy who had already suffered oppressive affliction remain pure in body and mind? The reason is the nature of goodness. I think it is the most important information implied in the novel by Dickens-he believed that goodness could conquer every difficulty. Although I don ’t think goodness is omnipotent, yet I do believe that those who are kind-hearted live more happily than those who are evil-minded.
Reflect on myself,I define the nature of goodness to be one of the most necessary character for a person. Goodness is to humans what water is to fish. He who is without goodness is an utterly worthless person. On the
contrary, as the famous saying goes, ‘The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose ’, he who is with goodness undoubtedly is a happy and useful person. People receiving his help are grateful to him and he also gets gratified from what he has done, and thus he can do good to both the people he has helped and himself.
To my disappointment, nowadays some people seem to doubt the existence of the goodness in humanity. They look down on people ’s honesty and kindness, thinking it foolish of people to be warm-hearted. As a result, they show no sympathy to those who are in trouble and seldom offer to help others. On the other hand, they attach importance to money and benefit. In their opinion, money is the only real object while emotions and morality are nihility. If they cannot get profit from showing their ‘kindness ’, they draw back when others are faced with trouble and even hit a man when he is down. They are one of the sorts that I really detest.
There are some worlds in an essay, ‘Goodness, of all virtues and dignities of the mind, is the greatest, being the character of the Deity, and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing, no better than a kind of
All in all,if a person without goodness ,he is destined to lose everything. Thereby, all those ‘vermin-to-be ’ should learn from the book and remember to regain the nature of goodness in the bottom of theirs’hearts.
During the process of industrialization, the capitalist dominated the whole society in ruthless, brutal and bland way. With the development of society, Romantic Mind faded away and Realism took its place to become social mainstream culture. More and more people began to realize bloody and horrific reign of capitalist. Especially the proletariat contended with capitalist for their rights and interest. In the meanwhile, society sprung up a host of famous realistic writer such as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll and so on.
Charles Dickens who is a representative and founder of critical realism in Britain. He was born in a poor family suffered the tremendous pain in his childhood, but he didn’t abandoned himself in such surroundings and overcame difficulty to become talented through self-study. Charles Dickens showed his specific vision from his life experience to reveal ugly masks of those cruel criminals and to expose the horror and violence hidden in the bottom of society in his novel.
Oliver Twist, one of the most famous works of Charles Dickens’, is a novel reflecting the tragic fact of the life in Britain in the Victorian Period.
The hero of this novel was Oliver Twist, who was an orphan,
suffered much pain from hunger, cold and maltreatment in hospice. Finally, he couldn’t endured abuse and was forced to flee to London by
foot alone. Here he receive training from the criminal gang of Fagin that includes the brutal thief Bill Sykes, the famous ‘Artful Dodger’ and Nancy, Bill whore. Oliver is rescued by the intervention of a benefactor, Mr Brown. But, at that time, the mysterious Monks plotted the gang to kidnap the boy again. Nancy intervened but was murdered viciously by Sykes after she has showed some redeeming qualities and has discovered Monks ’ sinister intention. The story ends happily and with justice for Bumble and the cruel Monks who has hidden the truth of Oliver Twist parentage out of malice.
Seen from Charles Dickens’ work, he was a outstanding wordsmith and adept to apply writing techniques such as irony, humor and
overstatement in his works. He modeled numerous figure with imposing character in high art summary, vivid details description, meticulous
psychoanalysis way. His works not only mirror the real features of British society in the Victorian era but also has the unique charm and the huge artistic power which can stimulate indignation, abominate, sympathy and devotion of reader.
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The film’s plot is twists and turns’ life experience makes me sign. I feel angry because of scumbag, I moved by Brownlow’ kindness. I also feel happy when Oliver begins a new life.
In the contest of kindness and evil, nice and ugly, everything justice are always winners!