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Dickens wrote to make people think about how the government was being run. He wrote Oliver Twist to almost protest the Poor Law of 1834 and the use of the workhouses. Since Dickens was such an original writer his presence in literature will be forever appreciated. Bibliography: Blount, Trevor. Dickens: The Early Novels.
The above quote is, in fact, made in regard to Charles Dickens. Dickens had several real life experiences of poverty and abandonment in his life that influenced his work, Oliver Twist. The times of poverty and abandonment in Charles Dickens’ life instilled a political belief in Dickens’ mind against the new poor laws of Great Britain. Dickens’ felt the new poor laws victimized the poor, failed to give the poor a voice, and were in need of change. These points are shown in Oliver Twist through the characters, scenes, and narration Dickens’ uses throughout the book.
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For Pip to learn to make these links, Charles Dickens created two early influences for him in Great Expectations. As a young boy growing up at the forge, Pip's male role models were his brother-in-law, Joe Gargery, and the journeyman blacksmith, Dolge Orlick. However, the impression these men make on Pip differs. He considers them opposites and leads his audience to the same conclusion. Pip's education and molding is altered by meeting Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella.
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