As a result of their revolt against the system, Pip and Oliver are ostracized for their non-conformist ideals. Thus change in an oppressing and conformist society can only be achieved through change in moral, social, and political instincts. In both novels the main character faces abuse and neglect which result in rebellion and distancing of them from the society which chooses to hold them down. In Oliver Twist, Oliver receives a great amount of abuse through the orphanage. While suffering from starvation and malnutrition for a long period of time, Oliver is chosen by the other boys at the orphanage to request more gruel at dinner.
The Holocaust built a wall between them that was hard to climb. Artie makes an attempt to overcome the wall between him and his father by writing the comic Maus about his father’s life in hopes to grow closer to him and understand him better, yet he struggles in looking past his father’s picky habits and hypocritical attitude. Artie’s father, Valdek, as he knew him growing up was stingy. He was stingy with money, food, matches, and even toothpicks. All the food on his plate had to be eaten, or it would be served to him the next night and the night after that until it was gone.
The children, not wanting to starve any longer, choose Oliver to stand up and ask for more food one night, where he says: “Please sir, I want some more.” The leaders of the workhouse are astonished and say they will give five pounds to anyone who will take Oliver. Chapter III Oliver is publicly beaten and locked into a cell. A chimney sweep, Mr. Gamfield, attempts to take Oliver as an apprentice, but one of the magistrates signing the deal notices Oliver’s expression, listens to his plea, and refuses to sign the form. Chapter IV A coffin maker, Mr. Sowerberry, eventually takes Oliver as an apprentice. Mrs. Sowerberry develops an intense dislike for Oliver.
This was just the beginning of his mother's "games". Initially, she would slap him, smash his face into the mirror and make him repeat "I'm a bad boy!" or make him to search for hours for something she had "lost." But with time, her cruelty grew to include not giving ... ... middle of paper ... ...nding what is "normal" and what is not because of the unpredictable environment they were raised in. Often times alcoholic have a tendency to abuse their children and their spouse.
In the beginning of the story, the situation wasn't good, but by the end after argument after argument, the situation escalated dramatically. "I'm glad you're leaving!" She began to cry. "You can't even look me in the eyes can you?" In this passage, the young wife is basically in denial and is fighting with her husband in an inappropriate and unresolvable manner.
When Oliver turns nine, a church official named Mr. Bumble takes Oliver to return to the workhouse. At the workhouse, the poor slowly go hungry instead of the quick starvation they would face on the streets. During dinner one night, the children cast lots to see who will ask for more food. Oliver is chosen and and when he makes the request, the officials are so upset they offer a five pound reward to whoever will take Oliver away from the workhouse. Chapter 3 Oliver is flogged and locked away as an example to others.
In the novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens the principal character, Pip, undergoes a tremendous change in character. I would like to explore with you the major incidents in Pip’s childhood that contribute to his change from an innocent child to someone consumed by false values and snobbery. Pip’s transition into snobbery is, I believe, a steady one from the moment that he first meets Miss Havisham and Estella. Even before that Pip started to his fall from innocence when he steals from his sister to feed and free “his” convict. But that was not easy for young Pip as his conscience played on him as he heard the floor boards screaming in vain attempts to alert Mrs. Joe.
This is the only time Dally mentions his father in the novel and his tone suggests his disdain. Dally’s insolent behavior has to be because of his inadequate parents. Likewise, Johnny is also a victim of bad parenting due to his abusive mother and father. In The Outsiders the narrator, Ponyboy, describes Johnny’s personality and family atmosphere in the exposition. Ponyboy states about Johnny: “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clear down at our house”(12).
Often the narrators turn to addiction, such as drugs or alcohol, and even suicide and violence as the only possible escapes from their circumstances. Eden Robinson first starts Traplines with the short story “Traplines”. The narrator Will is a young man who experiences an abusive home life. Will’s dad abuses Eric - Will’s brother - and in return Eric abuses Will. Will is at Mrs. Smythe’s house, his English teacher, a place where he often goes to escape from his family life when he thinks that his ribs hurt because “ Eric hit [him] pretty hard and they’re bruised” (Robinson 17) but this was only because “Eric got hit pretty hard by Dad” (17).
Oliver Twist, written by Charles Dickens, is an intense denigration of society’s treatment toward the poor. In this time period depicted, wealth and class ascertained one’s status. This dim-witted but true reality forced many into a predetermined fate as with Oliver. When Oliver is first born, Dickens divulges on how the boy will be addressed: “the orphan of a workhouse—the humble, half-starved drudge—to be cuffed and buffeted through the world—despised by all, and pitied by none” (Dickens 3). Society cringed at the idea of the poor, viewing them as lesser beings.