Oliver Twist Cultural assumption 1
In class this term, the novel I've been reading is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. In this novel one of the cultural assumptions I have come across is the unfair treatment of orphans and how they are not considered part of society. An Example of this is how Oliver the protagonist is treated by careers, in chapter 2 Oliver asks for more food and gets punished for it and also is threatened to be hung. This shows how badly treated orphans were and how little they were feed. Another example of this cultural assumption is how people look at him like his a dirty rat and are always treated badly by the community by not giving them a chance of living or being normal.
I believe its unfair because its not his fault he is an orphan, he can't help it that his mother died while giving birth to him and that his dad never stuck around it just something that unfortunately had to happen. Dickens has based his novel on an orphan to show that during context, Victorian era in England, quite a few children had no parents and often died. He challenges the assumption because he is showing that there were lots of very rich people and that the poor didn't get the same opportunities. He does this by introducing Mr Brownlow who nurses Oliver and vows to educate him properly, giving Oliver a second chance of making something of his life.