Dickens's Victorian middle-class readers were likely to hold opinions on the poor that were only a little less extreme than those expressed by Mr. Bumble, the beadle who treats paupers with great cruelty. In fact, Oliver Twist was criticized for portraying thieves and prostitutes at all. Given the strict morals of Dickens's audience, it may have seemed necessary for him to make Oliver a saintlike figure. Because Oliver appealed to Victorian readers' sentiments, his story may have stood a better chance of effectively challenging their prejudices. Nancy - A major concern of Oliver Twist is the question of whether or not a bad environment can irrevocably poison someone's character and soul.
It is described that the people know Scrooge well and avoid him as much as possible. Although this suites him well because he does not like other people, and is not sociable in any way. Dickens makes you dislike Scrooge from the very beginning by using a number of methods such as, the described setting and Scrooge, how he treats the poor, the language used etc. The setting he's in is just like him, cold, gloomy, small and cheap. His treatment to the poor is appalling as when he is asked to give a donation for them he replies, "Are there no prisons?"
While this may seem honorable he is not because he acts as a coward and runs away rather than standing up and trying to stop the inhumane treatment of the poor. Evrémonde on the other hand is as harsh and cruel as they come. He embodies the terrible atrocities committed against the people of France by the landed nobility. The way that Dickens uses these characters he establishes a very cynical view of the elite as being either cruel or impotent; and thus there is no hope for the French people from this class. How does this view stack up to reality during the French Revolution?
Sex was taboo and purity was held sacred to the Victorian middle and upper class, but prostitution and sexually transmitted diseases ran rampant among the lumpenproletariat. The rich strive to be pious and good, but consider those of lower social standing to be less than human. The reaction of the characters in Dracula to the evil of the vampires can be likened to the Victorian conception of the lower classes. They were seen as a hedonistic but powerful force, with the collective capacity to end the affluent citizen's way of life. In this sense, the novel can be viewed as a struggle to maintain upper-class Victorian traditions against the traditions of the lower class.
‘A Christmas Carol’ was written to convey Dickens’s social message to the rich. Dickens creates antipathy for scrooge because he wants his readers to dislike scrooge and reject his way of life. Scrooge represented everything Dickens hated in the rich and this dislike is conveyed using Dickens own didactic voice; through the way scrooge behaves towards others; and through the description of scrooges house and home. By using his own didactic voice Dickens directs the readers thoughts. Charles Dickens portrays Scrooge as inhuman and unfeeling.
He again uses characternyms to emphasise how the officials are very clumsy 'Bumble.' From the beginning of the novel Dickens shows the officials misunderstood of the quality of life for the poor and uses satire and sarcasm. Mrs Mann is an excellent example of being misunderstood about the hardships of children.
The use of the scarecrows and birds of fine feather, knitting, and noble prisoners in La Force achieves Dickens’ goal, which was to show how horrible man can be to his fellow man. The aristocrats ignored the peasants’ suffering, which definitely came back to affect them later as the roles were switched, similar to karma. Meanwhile, the peasants’ thirst and desperation for revolution grows, and their plans for revenge grow as well. The noble prisoners exhibit how the guilty and the innocent are all killed, regardless, and the mercilessness of the revolution. Dickens shows through his deliberate symbolism and metaphors just how the oppressed can become the oppressors, how easily the tables can turn, and how quickly things can change.
Chapter five was one ... ... middle of paper ... ...t the lower classes experience. Dickens’ satire and use of irony and humour throughout the novel describes the charitable institutions as places that breed corruption, inhumanity, and alienation. The treatment Oliver received is a prime example of this. In Dickens’ time society’s failure to recognize these problems destroyed the lives of many innocent children. Dickens highlights these problems extremely effectively throughout his novel using various literary techniques such as irony, satire and humour and also uses his characters to represent such corrupt institutions.
However, behind the story Dickens hides messages raising the issues of the terrible conditions of the workhouses and the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, the abuse and exploitation of children, poverty, crime, inequality, prejudice towards different religions and nationalities and ignorance to the existence of some physical disabilities and mental illnesses. The poor law act was a typical example of a whig-benthamite reformation legislation of the Victorian period. That is to say it follows Bentham's theory of segregation. It gained general parliamentary support and was passed with considerably less consideration and discussions as was normal when new laws are proposed. It ensured that conditions in the workhouses were as vile and uncomfortable as possible so that only the truly destitute would even consider submitting.
In fighting malice with malice, the peasants produce no real revolution; instead, they only continue the violence that they themselves have suffered. Although Dickens views the French Revolution as a symbol of revolution and rebirth, he stresses that its violent methods ultimately caused more harm than good in the end through his figurative language, tone, and Much of the action in A Tale of Two Cities takes place in Paris during the French Revolution, which began in 1789. In his novel, Dickens shows how the tyranny of the French aristocracy - unjust laws, high taxes, and little or no concern for the well-being of the commoners - fueled a wrath amongst the poor that in time exploded into rebellion. Dickens represents this