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Oliver Twist

Learning Resources - Introduction

Learning resources title graphic - Oliver clasps his hands in front of Fagin

In this section you will find background information about the Victorian era that may help you to place Oliver Twist in a social and historical context.
This includes historical information on workhouses, the British Empire and life in Victorian London, helping you to develop a picture of what Britain was really like at the time. Using this historical information, you can contrast the lives of rich and poor during Victoria's reign and consider how Dickens' novel reflects this.

This section also introduces the characters from both book and the film and examines the figure of Dickens himself.