This picture came from the movie of famous ‘Oliver Twist’ in 1948. ‘Oliver Twist’ is the novel which the great Charles Dickens wrote and published in 1837-1838. His novel is praised as one of masterpiece in literature. There are a lot of reasons why ‘Oliver Twist’ is considered as masterpiece of British literature, but there is also one particular reason related with the Industrial Revolution. In this novel, Charles Dickens, who is famous writer under Queen Victoria’s era in 19th, describes British society realistic. Many characters in the ‘Oliver Twist’ are belonged to the poor class, so the major environments and settings in this novel also describe the conflict and life of poor class in the period of Industrial Revolution.
In the above picture, the kid, Oliver Twist who is the main character of this novel and movie, is an orphan in the workhouse. In this scene of the story, Oliver Twist asks with famous phrase in this novel, “Please sir. I want some more…” Oliver Twist asks for little more soup to eat because regular portion which workhouse offers is not enough for little kid. However, the response for poor child’s request was the violent punishment. Like many other masterpieces reflecting the society when it was written, this scene of the story describes various bad conditions in the period of Industrial Revolution.
The workhouse holds many orphans and takes care of them. However, the conditions around orphans including Oliver Twist is really bad. The necessaries which are provided to children is certainly not enough, and caretakers for children are also wild and ruthless. Unlike current world where guarantee children’s rights by the law, there was no protection for children who should be protected with proper cares. The adults do not consider children importantly because children, especially orphans do not have power from wealth when the capitalistic idea dominated the world.
Not only this scene but also various scenes in this story describes improper environments for children where do not guarantee children’s rights. For example, Fagin, the Jewish leader of orphans , made children to do criminal acts to make money and takes those money. Mr. Bumble of the workhouse, gives only oppression without pity to orphans, and there are other various characters show cruel condition for children in that period. When the bourgeois only focus on collecting money, and the society was fit into people who have money, people who do not have money became victims of the system in that society, and the society was more cruel for children who do not have money and physical power.