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In England during the Victorian era social divisions of class were a major part of peoples daily lives Victorian views on class and of that times social division in general are described in great detail by Charles Dickens in many of his novels published during the Victorian period Dickens Oliver Twist and David Copperfield are two examples of works that tell of the classification between the poor and the wealthy Through his vivid descriptions symbolic characters and dialog spoken Dickens shows the stratification of people from his time This essay will describe this stratification and how Dickens believed that the poor might have been less fortunate but how most were given a happy ending if their heart was good and for those who committed evil would eventually get what they deserved Many poor unlucky children during the Victorian period were born in or sent to workhouses and noted for its opposition to the New Poor Law of 1837 Dickens novel Oliver Twist gives detailed accounts of the horrible fates that many young unfortunate paupers had to face in these places To refer to this kind of care the workhouse officials gave to the pauper infants Dickens uses the term farmed to convey how these children were raised He explains the term further by indicating that the children not only must survive on minimal nourishment but also be lucky enough to elude additional dangers Horrid accounts of children being smothered or sickened from neglect or cold some even burned in fires are described by Dickens to further emphasize the abuse the poor had to endure simply because it would allow more available food for the officers Dickens 4 The terms inadvertently and accidentally are strewn throughout this passage to show the reader sarcasm of the accounts and to hint that often times these incidents were purposely crafted Dickens then portrays the childs passing as a summoning into another world and there gathered to
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