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Oliver Twist For my English coursework, I will be focusing on the character of Nancy in Oliver Twist. The story of Oliver Twist is about an orphan called, Oliver who was born in the workhouse. He grew up their with other children and they ate gruel every single day. One day, Oliver went to the chef and asked for more gruel, which led him to big trouble. A couple of days later, Oliver was sold to, the Undertakers, people who sold coffins. Oliver ran away from them and was found by two thugs on the streets, named Jack Dawkins the "artful dodger" and Charlie. They took Oliver to a large house owned by two criminals, Fagin and Bill Sikes. They introduced Oliver into a life of crime. Oliver met a lot of people during his stay, including a young prostitute named, Nancy. Nancy looked after Oliver in Fagin's house. People were treated like, "dogs" in the workhouse. They were treated like poor people (even though they were). The poor had to work hard in the drenching atmosphere. They were treated cruelly and were shown no respect, whatsoever. People were probably being picked on and chucked around like some, "bunch of potatoes". ...read more.


The time that Nancy arrives at Mr Brownlow's home, she is treated like a guest. She is treated acceptably and nicely. Nancy cries because she has never been treated, fairly and nicely and she is so shocked that the rich are even talking to her, because most other people, who are rich, would just ignore her completely. This has completely touched Nancy's heart and she is so grateful. Here is a quote showing this, "the kind tone of this answer, the sweet voice, the gentle manner, the absence of any accent of haughtiness or displeasure, took the girl completely by surprise, and she burst into tears". The rich people have treated her fairly, like any other ordinary human being. They have nothing against her and they have treated her superbly and sensibly. Usually rich people just ignore the poor and have no respect for them whatsoever. I think it is right that the rich people should treat the poor people the same, because they are same species, they are human beings; they all have feelings and emotions. Rich people should help the poor, by lending them money, opening charities, or they can do another good deed for instance. The thing is that, all human beings are the exactly the same, no more and no less. ...read more.


even though she knew that she was being followed and she knew that Oliver would have a better life if he was with the good people and not the bad. Nancy did not want Oliver, going on the same tracks as she did, because she knew that Oliver could do something for his life, instead of stealing and begging. Nancy is a lovely and caring character who risked her life for Oliver, she was determined and sensible. She was the only true person who looked after Oliver at Fagin's place and she was their whenever he needed her. She was like a big sister to Oliver. I think that Charles Dickens is trying to say, that some poor people can be very nice and caring, like Nancy. He is also trying to say that, the rich should treat the poor as the same way they do to their fellow friends and relatives. All the rich people and all the poor people are exactly the same human beings. There is no difference. Poor people should be treated equally, because they have got a right and if that does not work, then the only other option that the poor have is to enter the criminal world. So that's why the rich and the poor should be treated with the same amount of respect. ...read more.

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