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In Chapter 47 'Fatal Consequences' Charles Dickens creates tension and pear in the extract. Dickens immediately begins by setting the scene with 'it was nearly two hours before day break' also he uses alliteration like 'sounds appear to slumber' and 'streets are silent' and 'still and silent', this is a description of the streets outside. Dickens calls chapter 47 'Fatal Consequences' meaning that there will be something important or bad is going to happen. We can tell that the story was set a couple of hundred years ago because one idea is the sentence lengths are a paragraph long and another idea is the objects named like the 'hearth' which is a fire place. The place were Fagin lives, sounds remotely disgusting and not suitable to be living in, Dickens describes this as a 'lair'. At the beginning of this chapter Fagin is watching from his 'lair' and he is anxiously waiting for Sikes to come back from a 'job'. Straight away Fagin is made to seem like a manipulating, boy stress person and he is described as an animal like, when he is watching from the 'lair', animals have lairs, this makes him sound suspicious and plotting, just like an animal waiting to pounce on his pray. He is waiting for Sikes to come back from one of Fagin's 'jobs', this make it seem that Fagin controls bill, that he has him in the palm of his hand. ...read more.


Some people might think the description of Fagin and his surroundings would compare to that of an animals habitats, but he has the money its just that he doesn't want to spend it. The way he is described gives the reader a good image of him. Sikes on the over hand is described to be 'savage' this makes him sound just like Fagin because they are described as animals but Sikes is more of a 'brute' than Fagin. When dickens described Fagin he creates a crooked, old character whereas Sikes is young, strong and well built 'his big burley frame'. This quote has alliteration in which emphasis the description of Sikes. Bill, as we can tell is not a clever person by the language he uses. He uses miss-spelt, monosyllabic words like 'wot now' and ' wot do you look at a man so for'. He is sometimes referred to as the 'robber' just like Fagin is referred to as 'the Jew'. Some people would take offence to this statement; this is another reason to suggest that it is set at an earlier date. We see Sikes's anger with the monosyllabic words he uses and the way he 'hastily' rushed home when he heard the news about Nancy. We see that he is breathing heavily with the words 'with dilated nostrils and heaving breast'. ...read more.


She is Dickens calls her 'the girl' to give her the innocent characteristics and he describes her has 'half dressed' making her sound defenceless. When the 'robber' is about to beat her to her death she cries out some religious words like 'heaven', 'god's sake', 'guilty soul' and 'repent'. She is pleading for her life because she knows that Sikes is capable of killing her. It also say's 'she breathed one last prayer of mercy to her maker' this shows us that Nancy is quite religious. Sikes is given some more names by the end of the play like 'housebreaker and when he kills Nancy its 'murderer' this make him sound more violent and malicious than just 'Bill Sikes'. In my opinion I think Nancy did the right thing in telling Mr. Brownlow about Oliver if she knew the consequences, which she did, but she cared about Oliver's future so much because that's the kind of person she is, she thinks about others. In chapter 47, Fatal consequences, Dickens shows us that Fagin is related to a monster, Sikes is a sort of monster and a brute and Nancy is the innocent one who just wants the best for people. Dickens also sets the time and culture well by showing all the changes from past and present by using some writing techniques like alliteration and personification, this creates and image of Fagin and Sikes as monster/ animal like creatures and the words used to describe Nancy makes her seem noble but week. ...read more.

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