Written on: 03/08/2009 by Janet Lewison (43 reviews written)
'O, full of scorpions is my mind...'
If each man kills the thing he loves, then Macbeth's murder of King Duncan propels him into terminal nightmare. The haunting of the Macbeth is one of the best things in literature and Dickens knew the value of a good nightmare being a life long insomniac and city walker.
When Sikes kills Nancy in Oliver Twist the sordid criminal demi-monde of early Victorian London rises up and allies itself with self-righteousness and denunciation. I doubt... (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2005 by WSD (71 reviews written)
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist is a classic novel, and probably everybody knows the plot: A young woman collapses in front of a workhouse, gives birth and dies. The child is Oliver Twist. He grows up in the workhouse where he is mistreated until he is sold to an undertaker as an apprentice, where he is mistreated. He runs away and meets a pickpocket who encourages him to join his gang. The gang is run by an old man and a younger thug who keep the boys housed and fed but take all their... (read more)
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