Oliver Twist

What examples of "darkness" are represented in Oliver Twist?

"In Oliver Twist, darkness is associated with crime and evildoing. Criminals' work is best done at night; their crimes are planned in smoky rooms with boared-up windows, and they scurry through the city along narrow, fog-filled passages. The darkness of the setting reflects the darkness of their thoughts and deads." This is what my teacher has put down for darkness symbolism and we have the state an example, could you please help me with an example for darkness?

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Darkness as punishment:

"..... Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room to which he had been consigned by the wisdom and mercy of the board."

He only cried bitterly all day; and, when the long, dismal night came on, spread his little hands before his eyes to shut out the darkness, and crouching in the corner, tried to sleep: ever and anon waking with a start and tremble, and drawing himself closer and closer to the wall, as if to feel even its cold hard surface were a protection in the gloom and loneliness which surrounded him.

Darkness of Setting

In the obscure parlour of a low public-house, in the filthiest part of Little Saffron Hill; a dark and gloomy den, where a flaring gas-light burnt all day in the winter-time; and where no ray of sun ever shone in the summer: there sat, brooding over a little pewter measure and a small glass, strongly impregnated with the smell of liquor, a man in a velveteen coat, drab shorts, half-boots and stockings, whom even by that dim light no experienced agent of the police would have hesitated to recognise as Mr. William Sikes.

Darkness had set in; it was a low neighborhood; no help was near; resistance was useless. In another moment he was dragged into a labyrinth of dark narrow courts, and was forced along them at a pace which rendered the few cries he dared to give utterance to, unintelligible.


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