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by Charles Dickens

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What is a significant event in Oliver Twist?

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Oliver Twist is the story of a young boy named Oliver whose mother died shortly after his death and who has been raised as an orphan. Oliver is sent to a work house on his 8th birthday and eventually gets sent from there to an apprenticeship, but the apprenticeship is abusive, and so Oliver eventually decides to leave on foot for London. Still, these events are only the beginning of Oliver's troubles.

Most of the major events of the story happen to him after he goes to live with a man by the name of Fagin. Fagin wants to convince Oliver to steal, but Oliver isn't so sold on the idea. The first...

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The most significant event in Dickens's "Oliver Twist," which in fact has passed into folklore, occurs in Ch.2.

Oliver Twist is in the workhouse and he and his companions are being virtually starved to death - they are only fed a small bowl of gruel daily. One day the boys draw lots as to who should ask the master for an extra serving of the gruel, and the lot falls to Oliver Twist. That evening, after they had all had their gruel, Oliver Twist summoning up all his courage walks up to the master and says,"Please, Sir, I want some more." The shocked and surprised master "aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle." The board members meet and one of them cruelly remarks, "I know that boy will be hung." After this horrifying incident Oliver Twist is sold off to Mr. Sowerberry the undertaker for five pounds sterling.

This incident of child abuse and human trafficking portrays the pitiable conditions of the poor orpaned children of Dickens' time.

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