In Oliver Twist, what are some of the most serious problems of our society? Discuss each of them and a possible way to solve them.

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A problem that Dickens' narrator speaks of from early on in the novel is the way the poor are set apart and stigmatized. Oliver is a perfectly ordinary baby and child, but once he is dressed in the special clothes that mark him as from the workhouse, he is open to being despised and abused, although he has done nothing wrong. Dickens scathingly condemns a society that turns the poverty of an innocent child into a stigma that makes it all but impossible for him to rise out of poverty. One solution to this would be to pass legislation that would dictate that workhouse children have to be dressed and treated as much as possible like ordinary children.

Another problem is the conditions of life in the workhouse: the children are starved and barely given the...

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