Based on the resource Oliver Twist's Story
- How does Charles Dickens try to stir the conscience of the public in this story?
- Can an artist or author make a difference when it comes to social evils and human misery? Do you know any examples of artists or authors who have had an impact on history?
- Rank the major characters you meet in the excerpt in a table with two columns under the headings good and evil. Was it easy to rank them? Why, why not?
- The names of Dickens' characters often hold clues to their personality. Comment on the following names: Sowerberry, Bumble and Twist.
- One of the literary devices that Charles Dickens uses is exaggeration. Can you find examples of exaggerations? Why do you think he frequently makes use of this device?
- How can you tell that the story is set in the early 1800s? What kind of references do you find to social conditions, early industrialisation and urbanisation?
- You probably watch TV series. Would this excerpt make a good episode of a TV series? Explain.
- The last paragraph in "Oliver Twist's Story" sums up the ending. What is your opinion of the ending of the story?
- What do fictional characters like Harry Potter and Oliver Twist have in common?