Day 4

Oliver Twist Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the narrator's opinion of the country, and how does it differ from the city? What stylistic or linguistic choices create this distinction?

    Pages 198-200 comprise a key passage which illustrates these differences. Note the rhetorical questions and effusive, flowing, unceasing sentences which reflect the ebullience of Oliver's free reign in the countryside. Also note the increase of exclamation points! Students should contrast the heavy imagery with similarly illustrative passages describing the city (for example, the passage in the Three Cripples from Day 3, pp.155-6). How does the diction change? The syntax? The connotations of words? The vowel and...

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