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Oliver Twist Study Guide


Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Orphaned at birth, Oliver finds himself a naive youth in London's seedy slums with depraved villains as associates. Will his basic good nature overcome their influence or is he destined to swing from the gallows with them?

Barbara's Notes: Of all Dickens's book, Oliver Twist is most relevant for today's world. It is an early work expressing his outrage against the treatment of the poor. (Grades 11, 12)

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Book Summary 419 pages
Book Category Classic
Theme Outrage against poverty
Setting London, 1800s
Novel Study Highlights 6 units
Spelling-Vocabulary Medium
Critical Thinking Difficult
Biblical Focus Love thy neighbor
Related Studies Poverty, homelessness, social responsibilities, crime
Focus Writing devices including caricature, exaggeration, foreshadowing, hyperbole, irony, personification, sarcasm, satire, and understatement; setting tone; plots and subplots