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With all of the symbolism and moral issues represented in Oliver Twist all seem to come from real events from the life of its author Charles Dickens The novels protagonist Oliver is a good person at heart surrounded by the filth of the London streets Filth that Dickens himself was forced to deal with in his everyday life But through morals and mere chance Oliver becomes a living symbol Its probable that the reason Oliver Twist contains so much fear and agony is because its a reflection of occurrences in Charles Dickens past During his childhood Charles Dickens suffered much abuse from his parents This abuse is often expressed in his novel While at the orphanage Oliver experienced a great amount of abuse For example while suffering from starvation and malnutrition for a long period of time Oliver was chosen by the other boys at the orphanage to request more gruel at dinner one night After making this simple request the master at the orphanage aimed a blow at Olivers head with the ladle pinioned him in his arms and shrieked aloud for the beadle The whole beginning of Oliver Twists story was created from memories which related to Charles Dickens childhood in a blacking factory which was overshadowed by the Marshalsea Prison While working in the blacking factory Dickens suffered tremendous humiliation This humiliation is greatly expressed through Olivers adventures at the orphanage before he is sent away Throughout his lifetime Dickens appeared to have acquired a fondness for the bleak the sordid and the austere Bloom 231 Most of Oliver Twist for example takes place in Londons lowest slums The city is described as a maze which involves a mystery of darkness anonymity and peril Bloom 232 Many of the settings such as the pickpockets hideout the surrounding streets and the bars are also described as dark gloomy and bland Even while his life was in danger
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