What is the main target of Charles Dickens's social criticism in the novel Oliver Twist?

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Charles Dickens was a social commentator who often brought attention to the deprivation of the poor. Specifically, in Oliver TwistDickens rails against the treatment of the poor in workhouses and the Poor Law of 1834.

While the concept of providing food and work for the poor is idealistically positive, the reality of these workhouses and orphanages differed, and Dickens felt that the misuse of funding, the living conditions, and the treatment of the individuals in these institutions were inhumane and cruel.

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