MORAL VALUES OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE NOVEL "OLIVER TWIST" BY CHARLES DICKENS

Putri Widiasih, Mashadi Said

Abstract


On the whole, this thesis is discussing the moral values of the characters in the
novel �Oliver Twist�. The story itself was written and published in order to
protest the fatal flow from the Poor Law Amendment Act, or known as the New
Poor Law of 1834. In theory, the Laws should work for people in every social
class and win over the poverty. But the result was far from expectation. Based
on Poor Law Report, the Laws encouraged the poor people to depend on charity,
instead of searching for work. Dickens made the main character, Oliver Twist,
to be one of the examples from people who were suffered from the impacts. He
also described the conditions of being poor such as; families who were torn
apart because all of the family members had to earn some money all day long,
including children who had to work in the workhouses, then stated that there
was nothing they, the poor people, could do to have a better life. However, the
writer only discusses one aim of the thesis; to explain the moral values implied
in the characters. In order to analyze them, the writer uses Jacques Thiroux�s
theories about approaches to the study of moral. The writer chooses the theory
because she believes that there are many moral values from people in the story
Oliver Twist, and they can change their judgments toward someone under
circumstances. The writer chooses qualitative method in order to find the moral
values of the characters in the novel. As the result, the writer finds that the
characters have both good and bad moral values. And the moral values are;
Love and Devotion, Purity of the Heart, and a Belief in God.

 

Keyword : MORAL, CHARACTERS, NOVEL


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