Title

Charles Dickens' Corruption and Idealization Personified

Date

5-31-2018 9:08 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 9:18 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

Literature, Writing and Linguistics

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Marjory Lange

Abstract

Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist chronicles the journey of a young orphan boy in his quest for a home. Corruption and virtue are prevalent throughout the entirety of the novel, mainly identified in the two central settings where Oliver Twist spends time. Dickens juxtaposes the corrosive city of London and the idealized countryside in order to stress that London provides a systematic pattern of corruption that impartially oppresses and debases its inhabitants. The pastoral countryside acts as the counterpart, not where the good people exist, but where they go to escape the evils of London. This paper will explore these two places and how Dickens uses them to support Oliver's search for home.

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May 31st, 9:08 AM May 31st, 9:18 AM

Charles Dickens' Corruption and Idealization Personified

WUC Willamette Room

Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist chronicles the journey of a young orphan boy in his quest for a home. Corruption and virtue are prevalent throughout the entirety of the novel, mainly identified in the two central settings where Oliver Twist spends time. Dickens juxtaposes the corrosive city of London and the idealized countryside in order to stress that London provides a systematic pattern of corruption that impartially oppresses and debases its inhabitants. The pastoral countryside acts as the counterpart, not where the good people exist, but where they go to escape the evils of London. This paper will explore these two places and how Dickens uses them to support Oliver's search for home.