The efficacy of Oliver Twist – A literary essay

Oliver Twist is a work of literature that has had a far reaching influence on society.  It had contributed pop-culture phenomena such as the titular, “please, sire, I want some more” (12).  Stephen Gill (1999) writes in his introduction to Oliver Twist, “everyone knows, if they know nothing else about the novel, that little Oliver asked for more”.  But what has made Oliver Twist such an influential piece of literature?

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