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During his lifetime Charles Dickens is known to have written several books Although each book is different they also share many similarities Two of his books Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are representatives of the many kinds of differences and similarities found within his work Perhaps the reason why these two novels share some of the same qualities is because they both reflect painful experiences which occurred in Dickens past During his childhood Charles Dickens suffered much abuse from his parents1 This abuse is often expressed in his novels Pip in Great Expectations talked often about the abuse he received at the hands of his sister Mrs Joe Gargery On one occasion he remarked I soon found myself getting heavily bumped from behind in the nape of the neck and the small of the back and having my face ignominously shoved against the wall because I did not answer those questions at sufficient length2 While at the orphanage Oliver from Oliver Twist also 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 beadle3 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 Prison4 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 austere5 Most of Oliver Twist for
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