Compare the films and the book
Watch the beginning of the trailer of Polanski's version,
compare it to the text and
anwswer the questions:
trailer : http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/olivertwist/video/trailer/trailer_high.ram
text : Chapter two and vocabulary
- does the master hit him with his stick?
- does the master run after him?
- does "that boy will be hanged" mean the same thing in the trailer and
in the book?
Have a look at the different
values of "will" , then read the end of the text and explain
what effect the film director wanted to achieve.
Other questions :
Have a look at a longer version of this trailer and answer those other
Now watch this other film version, by Alan Bleasdale, and compare with
Polanski's and the book. Which do you prefer?
Watch teaser n°1 on this page
(without the sound)
Describe the scene and write it in your own words (remember to express
feelings and describe the actions)
Read the text in chapter 10 and
compare with your description.
Victorian Children's life
a webquest: http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/cyberhunts/vichunt/vichunt.htm
(some addresses do not work, but the quest is still interesting : just
skip the questions with links that do not work.)
What is a workhouse?
About the book
the best site about Dickens : David Purdue's site, recommended on
the site of the film
to download the whole book (free online)
About child labor
Child labor in nineteenth-century Britain
The victorian poorhouse
Child labor and the industrial revolution (a course for primary school
in the UK)
A course in year 10 (US) about Child labor
The Keating-Owen Child labor act of 1916 (US)
Child labor in America
Page of links