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The nineteen forties saw the rise of what Carlyle christened the condition of England novel a phrase that referred to the increasing number of books written seemingly with the intent to not only entertain the reader but to educate and provoke thought about the world around them Both Bront and Dickens were purveyors of literature that may be categorised to some extent among these so-called condition of England narratives and at times both authors apparently use their literary talents to drive home a message about society and its inhabitants Dickens in particular was keen to portray the downfalls of English society as he suggests in his introduction to Oliver Twist 1841 It is useless to discuss whether the conduct of the girl Nancy seems natural or unnatural probable or improbable right or wrong IT IS TRUE Every man who has watched these melancholy shades of life knows it to be soIt is emphatically Gods truth for it is the truth he leaves in such depraved and miserable breasts Dickens was evidently keen to point out to his readers the truth about the lives of the financially and socially disadvantaged and in Oliver Twist the orphaned child receives the readers sympathy For the Victorian orphan few provisions were granted and a decent and comfortable survival often depended not on the enforced laws of the land but on the kindness and sympathy of the adult world Indeed although the central characters of both Oliver Twist and Bronts Jane Eyre possess no living parents they do encounter and employ a number of older characters throughout their development to act as substitute mothers and fathers for a certain period of time For Oliver Twist these parental figures are diverse and varying in sex age status and compassionate reliability In a fantastical almost mythical plot Dickens creates a boy who varies between having no familial relations at all to having an
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