Oliver Twist is a novel by Charles Dickens that was first published in 1838. Through the novel’s complicated plot, Dickens uses the titular Oliver’s trials to critique the Victorian assumption that morality and class are coupled: heroic behavior occurs among both the poor and the well-off, as does exploitative behavior.


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