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america7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2008 at 8:38 AM via web

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What are some characteristics that show that Oliver Twist represents or resembles Charles Dickens?

Name at least 3 characteristics that show that Oliver Twist and Charles Dickens are related.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 16, 2008 at 11:26 AM (Answer #1)

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It has often been thought that Charles Dickens based the character of Oliver Twist on his own experiences. As a young boy, Dickens' father went to prison because he was in debt. At the time families could accompany prisoners in jail, and so Charles' mother and siblings joined the father in prison, leaving Charles alone, essentially an orphan like Oliver. Charles worked in a bootblacking factory where he worked hard in pretty bad conditions. This experience scarred him for life, and he drew on these experiences for the character of Oliver. It also made him hate the social system, which he reveals the flaws of and comments on in the book "Oliver Twist."

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