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Charles Dickens Charles Dickens a nineteenth century writer tells a story about a young boy in England and the adventures that happen to him In reading the book the reader becomes entwined in the plot by Dickenss expert writing and style Using different scenes and scenarios Dickens displays his characters personality in a way the few other writers could In the book Oliver Twist Dickens uses different events that happen around Oliver instead letting Oliver decide his own fate In the book other characters determine Olivers path in life and Oliver is the subject around which the story revolves The accidents in the story give depth to Oliver and add depth to the story that increases elements of mystery and suspense In the beginning of the book Mrs Thingummy is helping Olivers mother give birth to the young child Mrs Thingummy takes charge of Olivers life just as he is born by stealing Olivers only link with his father his mothers husband Stealing the mothers ring also commits Oliver to a life of lower social status because of his supposed illegitimacy Oliver moves to the dark forces in the book when he starts with absolutely nothing from his very birth The sides of good and evil light and dark respectively are also devices used by Dickens to display different sides of the social coin in England Accidents tie in closely with this device because it is by accident that Oliver transferres to one side or another After spending time in the dark forces Oliver then switches back to the light side by a run in with Mr Brownlow a compassionate citizen who pities Oliver and later takes care of him Of all the people that Oliver could run into Mr Brownlow happens to be one of those people who Oliver desperately needed and who could and would provide for Oliver In another example of an accident and a shift back into the dark forces Oliver
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