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Some are born in a bad spot and never have a chance to live. Oliver, in Charles Dickensı Oliver Twist, had this problem. He was saved from this fate by Mr. Brownlow though. Oliver, when looked upon badly, lived up to the expectations of those around him. However, when Mr. Brownlow gave him a chance, he acted like the good-at-heart boy that he was. Prejudice can cause people to fail to reach their potential.
Oliverıs situation started off bad at the beginning. He was born out-of-wedlock was orphaned shortly thereafter. People showed prejudice from the start. The doctor showed disrespect when he said, ³Itıs very likely it will be troublesome. Give it a little gruel if it is.² He knew the child was a boy yet referred to him as ³it², showing disgust toward Oliver. Throughout his childhood, Oliver was looked down upon. Later while working for Mr. Sowerberry, a co-worker was taunting him about his mother. He said, ³...but yer must know, Workıus, yer mother was a regular right down bad un² After this, Oliver snapped and attacked him.
Mr. Brownlow showed compassion towards Oliver. Oliver responded with loyalty and love. He liked being treated with care and respect for the first time. He showed how much he liked Mr. Brownlow when he said, ³I donıt belong to them. I donıt know them. Help! Help!² as he was being taken by Sikes and Nancy even though he knew perfectly well who they were. All ended happily though, as Mr. Brownlow adopted Oliver and gratified his only wish.
You are how you are treated. This is an actual truth in life that is represented by this book. Victor Hugo also wrote this in Les Miserables when Jean Valjean says, ³If you treat men like animals, that is what you get.² We can apply this truth to our lives by treating those around us with respect and compassion. Then we will get the people we want.
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