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by Charles Dickens

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What are some examples of style in Oliver Twist?

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Style includes the words, phrasing, and literary devices an author uses. It is what gives a writer a distinctive voice, and it sets the tone or mood of a piece of writing.

The opening paragraph of the novel typifies Dickens' ornate style of writing, with a long, paragraph length sentence of many clauses, punctuated by semi-colons. This establishes Dickens as a Victorian writer and is a style that might be considered archaic today:

Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.

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