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Oliver Twist's purity and virtue are absolute.He speaks standard English and never...

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mijuan | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:03 PM via web

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Oliver Twist's purity and virtue are absolute.He speaks standard English and never surrendered to vice.Do you think Oliver is a believable character?

(Being raised in corrupt surroundings )Or Are there other reasons ,such as this is just the author's moral ideal?Thank you very much!

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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Oliver Twist exemplifies the embodiment of innocence.  I believe there would be people who could come from such dire communities and still carry themselves with elegance, but the language format and accent that Twist would have used would have been like those around him.  He was placed in the workhouse as an infant and therefore he had not been exposed to higher order language.  Even the task masters around him were not high English speakers.

True goodness has often shown itself in children and men from bad environments.  I hold a summer science camp at a school that is fed by seven projects.  In the middle of my rowdy boys, there is always a quiet sweet child who needs coaxing.

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