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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Analysis: Genre

Coming-of-Age

Broadly speaking, the genre of Oliver Twist is a novel. Slightly more specifically, it’s a serial novel (meaning that it was published in pieces, and can be broken down into shorter episodes – see the "Overview" section for more on that). Still more specifically, it’s a "progress" (check out the "What’s Up with the Title?" for more on those), which is just a fancier way of saying that it’s a Coming-of-Age story. Pretty obvious, really – Oliver’s a little kid, and he has to get over various obstacles in order to pass safely into adolescence. But it diverges from traditional coming-of-age stories in that Oliver is still a child at the end of the novel. He hasn’t actually "come of age" by the time we leave him at the end of the last chapter.

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