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Explore how Dickens depicts the evil aspects of human nature with particular reference to two characters. Oliver Twist.

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GCSE Prose PRE 1914 English and English Literature Coursework AQA A Explore how Dickens depicts the evil aspects of human nature with particular reference to two characters. The son of John and Elizabeth Dickens, Charles was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, the second of eight children. Most of his childhood was spent in Portsmouth or Chatham, in Kent. His father was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office and although he was hard working, he was rarely able to live within his income. Charles Dickens wrote the novel Oliver Twist, which was begun in 1837 and continued until April 1839, in which he expresses his concerns of the social context of his time. Dickens is concerned for the corruption of law and the consequences it leads to, therefore I have chosen Bumble and Fagin to show how dickens depicts the evil aspects of human nature with reference to these two characters. In Dickens time the law was corrupt and unjust, which is clearly expressed through the magistrates and Bumble. This is emphasised especially through the way they treat Oliver: "stand away, officer," cried Fang, "let him, if he likes." Oliver availed himself of the kind permission, and fell to the floor in a fainting fit." ...read more.

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Dickens has carefully chosen the use of language, he has used a powerful adjective: glistened, which illustrates that Fagin has a desire for what's in the box: Jewellery. Dickens has depicted the evil aspect of human nature through Fagin as Dickens has clearly expressed Fagin's attachment to materialism. The reader begins to realise that Fagin is an evil character as the novel progresses. In chapter thirteen, Charles Dickens portrays Fagin's determination to get Oliver back: " "What's become of the boy?" said the Jew, seizing the Dodger tightly by the collar, and threatening him with horrid imprecations." This brings about suspicion in the reader as Fagin is showing much determination to retrieve a little boy. But one consequence of Oliver not being under the control of Fagin is that he could snitch on Fagin's criminal activities. But this is only a possibility, so why his Dickens illustrating this character with such determination? The reader begins to understand that Fagin is under the influence of Monks for which is why he shows such determination to retrieve Oliver. Dickens has portrayed Fagin as a self-obsessed character as he his only concerned about the consequences that would occur to him or benefit him with the retrieval of Oliver. ...read more.

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He starts discussing an escape route with Oliver to help him and Dickens is still depicting this character; even in his last moments of life, he cannot even say a prayer, instead he plans an escape. Charles Dickens from start to finish has depicted this character of his evil human nature. In Bumble's ending, Dickens clearly portrays that Mr. and Mrs. Bumble's relationship isn't going well and eventually they have split up. Not only did they split up but they became paupers in the very workhouse that they once ruled. Dickens has given the ending to these two characters for what they deserve. Overall, Bumble is portrayed as a character that is so full of his own importance and his marriage with Mrs. Corney becomes rather comic and we feel he has suffered at his own hands. Fagin is portrayed as a sinister character, who is attached to his materialism and who only cares about himself. Charles Dickens has depicted the evil aspects of human nature through Bumble and Fagin. Dickens has criticized both these characters to express his concerns for the social conditions of his time such as law, authority, power and crime, and I believe he has clearly expressed these factors through depicting the characters of Bumble and Fagin. ...read more.

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