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Oliver Twist Coursework Dickens was one of the brightest representatives of critical realism in English and world literature and showed the many-sided life of English society of his time. His books gained an enormous popularity all over the world and were published in millions of copies. His novels attracted attention of film producers, many of them were screened (e.g. "David Copper field", "Oliver Twist", "Nicholas Nickleby", "Dombey and Son", "Pickwick Club", "Great Expectations", "The Mystery of Edwin Drood") and had many remakes. His characters are alive today and appeal to us because Dickens wrote them with fervour. The author isn't different to his heroes: his hearty laughter, his tears and his anger, his ability to treat every character as; it were his personal friend or enemy make the pages of his novels alive and warm. That's the reason why I love and admire this immortal English writer. He also has a way of making things clear. For example when he describes Nancy he is basically saying that she was a prostitute, but he does not use the word (as it would have been inappropriate 150yrs ago) whereas now that word is used a lot to describe people in novels. The audience was delighted for the writer worked at his "readings" very hard and created powerful impressions. Dickens is acknowledged as one of the greatest writers of the 19th Century. He was also a public performer, reading his works out to much acclaim to audiences that often included Royalty. His work is a powerful description of society at that time and his message about the threat of poverty and ignorance to civilisation is as true today as it was then. He also created scenes and descriptions of places that have long delighted readers. Dickens was a keen observer of life and had a great understanding of humanity, especially of young people. The warmth and humour of his personality appeared in all of his works. ...read more.

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Bill Sikes is a bully, a robber and a murderer. He is an ally of Fagin. Fagin plans the crimes and Sikes carries them out. Sike's evil is so frightening because it is so physical. He is compares to a beast. Nancy is the hapless product of the slums, the pupil of Fagin, and the abused mistress of Sikes. Although she is a prostitute and an accomplice of crooks, she has the instincts of a good person. She is part of a few of the most memorable scenes (when she visits Fagin's Den, when she waits for Bill to come home or when she meets with Rose Maylie and Brownlow to help save Oliver). She is untidy and free in manner, but there was something of the woman's original nature left in her still. In Oliver Twist, the characters portrayed present destructive forces. These characters represent self-interest. The characters are always looking out to advance themselves in matters either financial or otherwise. These qualities, the want to control, greed, envy, idleness and jealousy, to name a few, are hidden from those they interact with, but there are some that they associate with that they reveal their mind to. "He is so jolly green!" This remark by Charley Bates, 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 commissioned by Monks 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 doubly diabolical, almost evil. It seems that although these destructive characters draw others to them, they do not give their trust over to these characters. Always there is some ulterior motive in their actions. As in Fagin's assent to let Sikes use Oliver in his schemes has proved, self-interest is always the underlying motive. ...read more.

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With a terrifying singleness of purpose and a savage passion Sikes heads home. Remember the violent crimes he's committed before, and remember how many times Fagin has informed on other accomplices who weren't useful any more. Nancy is different to Sikes and Fagin. Nancy is pleased when Sikes returns. This makes his bloody murder of her even more chilling. Nancy begs for her life. She clutches desperately at him, trying to make him understand that she chose to stay with him. 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 11LC Page 1 of 6 Oliver Twist/ fatal consequences ...read more.

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