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Oliver Twist


Themes title graphic - Fagin's gang smoking pipes, with Oliver looking on

Oliver Twist reflects a major thematic concern for author Charles Dickens, that of social justice. This is reflected in his depiction of character types and narrative structure. His interest and concern with highlighting the plight of the poor and the attitudes within society towards them.

Dickens was concerned with writing for a wide increasing literate public, meaning that his audience were able to recognise his shape characterisations and insightful social commentary.

The activities in this section explore a range of themes contained within the text.