Charles Dickens was the
quintessential Victorian author. His epic stories, vivid characters and deeply
descriptive depiction of contemporary life are unforgettable.
In his second major work, Oliver Twist, he highlights a number of
social issues including the abuse and corruption
suffered by children. The orphan boy Oliver Twist manages to survive the
ordeals the authorities and criminal fraternity throw at him. The scene of
Oliver's plea in the workhouse for more to eat is familiar to countless
millions, even to those who have never read the book.
This 90 min walk follows the footsteps of Oliver Twist and the
Artful Dodger on their final leg of their journey into London to reach Fagin’s
lair. In many of his works, Dickens exploits a spiritual topography; where the notion of
neighbourhoods actively influences the lives and characters of the people who
live in them. Was it the people who made London a dangerous place or did London
have an influence over the people who lived there? It is this spiritual topography
we explore further on my Follow
the Footsteps of Oliver Twist guided walk.
was a dangerous place especially after dark, with highwaymen and other
scoundrels waiting to pounce on anyone crossing their path. How did certain areas of London become so neglected? For some
areas such as Saffron Hill, the Victorian age became an era of neglect and ran
unchecked until redevelopments forced the populous to move away and become the
London we know today. Victorian society avoided & ignored much of the
underclass. Dickens highlighted social issues, using contrasting areas such as
Pentonville and Saffron Hill & then forcing together through his characters
such as Mr Brownlow and Nancy. We will delve into literary and physical
Pentonville and Saffron Hill, examining Victorian sensibilities.
Upcoming Oliver Twist walks with HazelBook a private Oliver Twist tour
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