As Ben-Hur offered a window into the ruthlessness of Rome and
The Agony and the Ecstasy painted a portrait of reason, Charles Dickens' novel,
Oliver Twist, sheds light on a rather dark place - early industrial England. This cruel world, filled with people like Fagin and Bill, takes great command over a young orphan boy. In telling the story of Oliver, Dickens' reveals a painful underside to the industrial era. An exploding population, and demands those people brought with them, left many unprepared for the tremendous challenges that machines and mass production brought with them. The world in which Oliver innocently witnesses around him is very different from the static manor, the feudal order of obligation and the rural fields that surrounded it.
Your task is to address this question: What is Dickens' telling us about industrial England? What window into that world does he offer, what portrait does he paint? In a formal paragraph, does Dickens' embrace or condemn the Industrial Revolution? Include specific parts of the film that revealed to you your conclusions. Think about the particular characters Dickens' writes about, the environment he uses as a backdrop for the story and the eventual fate of young Oliver.