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Chapter 47 in Oliver Twist - Fatal Consequences

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Chapter 47 in Oliver Twist - Fatal Consequences The opening paragraph of chapter 47 in Oliver Twist - "Fatal Consequences" sets the scene for the rest of the chapter. We are also given a detailed description of the character Fagin. Straight away this demonstrates to us one of the techniques Dickens' uses in his books. Giving the chapter the title "Fatal Consequences" immediately gives the impression that something dark and evil is going to happen. He tends to do this quite a lot - throughout the chapter he hints to us, almost in riddle, what is going to happen. Dickens uses phrases such as "the streets are silent" to describe the place and time. This sets up and eerie, mysterious atmosphere creating a sense of tension which helps to prepare the reader for the dramatic events later on in the chapter. This is because they become suspicious that something is going to happen. When read again after reading the entire chapter, the phrase "dead of night" can also be seen as a warning of what is to follow. It would be an example of retrospective irony and as I said before, this tends to be a common technique Dickens uses. In this phrase, the word dead obviously refers to Nancy's death. Another word that does this is "clots" found a few paragraphs later on. This gives us the image of blood, an image that runs throughout the whole chapter. Another way that Dickens makes it seem very tense is by using the technique of alliteration. For example the "still and silent hour" The chapter is set "two hours before day break" which along with the tense atmosphere suggests to us it is a time when evil might dwell. ...read more.

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Compared to Fagin's clever use of language, Sikes is dense. Dickens spells works that Sikes says incorrectly such as the word "wot". This was probably done deliberately because is immediately makes us recognise Sikes' lack of intelligence. Fagin's speech is much more complex - coming out with sentences such as "was to peach... to blow upon us all... describing every mark that they know us by..." The reason Sikes isn't the most intelligent of characters is probably due to his upbringing, and not just because he is a common thief. We get the impression he was brought up by Fagin - similar to the way Fagin still does bring up the boys that work for him. We get this impression because Sikes is very skilled in housebreaking but also because Sikes and Fagin appear to have a very close relationship. This is not exactly obvious to the reader as there relationship is not a loving one - but they way Fagin is one of the only people to call Sikes "Bill" which shows they must be comfortable together and have known each other a long time for Fagin to feel he is able to do this. This also reflects the way Fagin is similar to a dad towards Bill - calling him by his Christian name. This in itself is fairly ironic as Sikes is in no way a typical Christian - "thou shall not steal" has probably never even entered his vocabulary. Fagin keeps his anger hidden much better than Sikes does - in this instance he uses his manipulative skills to get his revenge. ...read more.

Conclusion

But it is understandable why she would want to do this - she is always forced to do things by Sikes and Fagin - even though she does consider the streets to be her home as she says earlier on in the book - "...the old, wet, dirty streets are my home". Dickens makes the eventual murder of Nancy sound very violent and powerful. He does this mainly because of the way he talks a lot about blood. He uses the technique of alliteration to emphasise what is going on such as "blinded with the blood". This makes it seem more dramatic. Although in modern times this may not seem like such a horrific murder, when the book was published there would not be all the types of horror films and things there are now. To a modern reader this would seem nowhere near as bad as a film such as "Hannibal", on the contrary; it would probably seem rather mild. However, this is another example of how times have changed since the book was written by Dickens - readers back then would probably have thought the death to be very gruesome and horrific. [09:56:31] sumtimes bad things happen n thers nuttin u can do about it..... so why worry?!: ok [09:56:32] No-one ever won a war by dying for their country. They made the other son of a bitch die for his country: luv ya [09:56:35] sumtimes bad things happen n thers nuttin u can do about it..... so why worry?!: leave me [09:56:42] sumtimes bad things happen n thers nuttin u can do about it..... so why worry?!: luv u 2 :) ...read more.

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