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Oliver Twist Coursework Dickens begins this chapter by talking about Fagin in non-human terms that suggest he is frightening and dangerous. Words like "lair," "phantom," and "fangs" describe the Fagin's house and his physical appearance. This isn't the first use of animal imagery to suggest Fagin is scary and dangerous in Oliver Twist. Fagin has been described before as a reptile and a predator. Dickens has used animal imagery to express a sense of evil. Dickens is suggesting that Fagin is about to act like an animal and is his need for revenge a strictly human evil? This remark by Charley Dickens, showing Oliver's purity, further shows us that Fagin is willing to corrupt an innocent soul for the sake of his greed, as we find out later on that he was to corrupt the boy for money. He tries to make Oliver as one of his boys but in the end he does not succeed. Fagin seeks to corrupt even the innocent, which makes him almost evil. Making Fagin a Jew is a metaphor as Fagin himself is a recurring symbol for the devil. Several times Dickens refers to him with known devil names or symbols. He talks of Fagin with flaming red hair and a beard, along with a three-pronged roasting fork, which all are symbols. Before he is to die, he refuses to pray for himself and his being a Jew has a very evil connotation. ...read more.


"I mean to be a gentleman", said Mr. Claypole, kicking out his legs... He means to be a swindler, as his speech dictates to us, and as he needs someone to show him how it's done, Fagin was more than happy to oblige him. "I have got a friend that I think can gratify your darling wish, and put you in right away, where you can take whatever department of business you think will suit you best at first, and be taught all the others" Fagin and Sikes have this underlying quality of greed and self- interest which draws them together. Even Noah Claypole, while not corrupted yet, is drawn in to Fagin's group because of his predisposition towards Fagin's type of living. Fagin offers him a place in his gang, which Noah, dishonest critter that he is and predisposed to thieving, most happily accepts. But it is not only the bad characters that draw each other to them-selves, even the good folks draw one another'. As we have seen, those characters that represent the destructive forces of self-interest bring down those that are around them. Even their associates are not proof against their destructiveness. As with what happened to Bill Sikes have proven, those that associate with destructive characters get destroyed. Bill Sikes kills Nancy, the only one that loved Bill truly and even gives up salvation on his behalf. At Fagin's scheming urgings, Bill Sikes causes the destruction of all that was around him, and even Bill's dog was not immune to such a fate. ...read more.


Brownlow will rescue them both, she promises, and they can find new lives. But her pleas are useless. Sikes is beyond reason. Sikes knows he'll be discovered if he fires his gun, so instead he smashes her face with it. Dying, the girl tries to pray. She holds up the white handkerchief Rose has given her. But Sikes strikes her down with his club. Rose Maylie's Handkerchief, shows that Rose is a symbol of good in this book with her loving nature and perfect beauty. When she gives Nancy her handkerchief, and when Nancy holds it up as she dies, it shows that by her acts, Nancy has gone over to the "good" side against the thieves. Her position on the ground is as if she is in prayer, and this shows her godly or good nature. The description of the morning after Nancy's murder is graphic and dreadful. The apartment is a total mess. Even the dog's feet are bloody. The darkness that shrouded London's underworld until now is suddenly replaced by brilliant sunlight. Many readers think the reason Dickens uses sunlight here is to suggest that such dreadful evil will be uncovered and exposed. Sikes tries to draw the curtain to block out the light from the grisly scene in the room. But he can't do it, any more than he will be able to prevent what happens to him. Sikes can't control his own emotions. Inside the room he is careful never to turn his back on the corpse with its haunting eyes. Naila Parveen LC Page 1 of 4 Oliver Twist/ fatal consequences ...read more.

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