Children to sleep after working so hard

Children working in the workhouses and mines in the Victorian era. The Victorian era was a place of discrimination and child labor. The Victorian author perspective helped finding the concept of  happiness and the good life and many other issues like child labour and their treatment in the workhouses and mines. Victorian authors perspectives help critique the ideas of happiness and the good life for the children based on the 19th century community. Through Oliver Twist Charles Dickens critiques about child labor and the living conditions in the Victorian era. Oliver Twist is the main character in the story. He depicted the struggle of a child in the Victorian era. “Oliver Twist and his companions suffered the tortures of slow starvation. Each boy had porringer of grud and no more.” This tells us the way Oliver twist and his companions were treated as they didn’t  get a sufficient amount of food to eat. This was one of the reasons that Oliver Twist ran away from the workhouse. The treatment they received was, without doubt, was horrible and cruel. The children were mistreated in such a terrible that they  did not receive proper beds to sleep after working so hard also they don’t get any education which they deserved. The way children were treated was critiqued by Charles Dickens. The feeling of the children in these cruel places is depicted in the poem “The Cry Of The Children.”    Elizabeth Browning’s perspective in the poem “The Cry Of The Children” critiques the treatment of children and their living condition in the mines and factories. The poem tells us about how dying is the only way that the children can rest and that is what they want.  “Alas, the wretched children! they are seeking death in life, at least to have.”(line 53and 54. Stanza 5). The living conditions of children were atrocious in the Victorian era the children were like machines working in the factory and mines they didn’t even have time to play or have fun which they should have been doing in there age. Elizabeth Browning compares the children to old people. Only the old people should be tired but here the young age because of working every day they have no power left in them. The children just want a day off to sleep because their working all day long. Elizabeth Browning also tells that the readers that the children are praying to god and getting no response and now they doubt god as they are not getting any help and freedom from anyone or getting neither do they get any rest. Elizabeth Browning also says that the adults manipulate the children and use them for their needs. The adults in the poem also had a harsh behavior on the lower class children. Charles Dickens in his book A Christmas Carol critiques the behavior of the upper class towards the lower class.Charles Dickens critiques the behavior of the upper class towards the lower class in the book A Christmas Carol. “It’s not fair. If I was to stop you half a crown a day then fear it, you’d think yourself…you think me ill used when I pay a day’s wage for no work.”  This shows the cruel and selfish behavior of the upper class towards the lower class. Scrooge shows his inconsideration and selfishness as he didn’t believe it was worth taking a holiday on Christmas. To wrap up, the two Authors are critiquing about the ideas of the good life and happiness in some or the other way about the flaws of the Victorian era. This is important because the children are the future of the world and if they don’t get basic needs so that means that the next generation will not grow and there will many other complications. the two Authors are concerned about this topic is because children are also humans and if they don’t get the basic need then there will be a huge problem.    

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