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Why is Nancy such an important character in the novel Oliver Twist?

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Name: Sufyan Mussood Coursework: Why is Nancy such an important character in the novel Oliver Twist? Nancy is a character whose personality is two sided, despite the fact that Nancy is a prostitute. Readers like Nancy even despite her faults because she has two personalities. There are many reasons why Nancy is such an important character in the novel. One of the reasons is that when you see her, she is described as if she wears a lot of make-up, has a lot of hair and that she doesn't keep her self organized (tidy). At that time, this wasn't respectable for a young woman. This gives the reader the impression that Nancy is a prostitute, who is just a low life woman trying to make a living. The connection between Oliver and Nancy in the novel truly shows how Nancy's personality is. E.g. Most people would recognize Nancy for who she is, by her looks most likely. But Oliver doesn't see Nancy this way, he sees her as a friend and a nice lady. ...read more.

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Nancy in the story never has bad intensions, she always tries to set things right, but she is just ignored because she is a low life. Nancy feels sorry for Oliver because she recognizes his innocence and she does not want him to get involved in crimes like she did. When she looks at Oliver, Nancy is reminded of her becoming a criminal at such a young age, and so she feels sorry for Oliver, she wants to help Oliver so he does not waste his life like Nancy did. Nancy also helps develop the story. The story could have ended when Oliver meets Mr.Brownlow, but the story progresses because Nancy kidnaps Oliver. At this point of the story Nancy is almost at the end of her life, so Dickens builds up sympathy for her. A huge build up to her death creates her death. He also builds up sympathy by killing of Nancy in a horrible way. Nancy in many ways is the most realistic character in Oliver Twist because of her complex personality, and because she has more than one side to her character. ...read more.

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Fagin wishes to poison Sikes even though he is his comrade and Sikes is just always cruel and talks in a harsh manner toward his girlfriend Nancy, whom he beats up and in the end murders as if he is a psychopath. Fagin in the end gets his own way, by provoking Sikes to kill Nancy. Just before Nancy is killed she is happy to see him because Dickens writes "It is you, Bill" said the girl with the expression of pleasure when he returns. This proves that she has two sides to her character because she spoke to Rose Maylie, she does not betray her friends. Nancy always tries to find the best way, and that also meant making sure she doesn't betray her friends. This makes Nancy probably the most realistic character out of them all, mainly because of her two sided personality and because she develops the story and how she cares for Oliver. Because Nancy's character is not too bad and not too good, it makes the story more realistic and believable. She is one of the characters who like Oliver and the only one with a true personality and in a way the only character who expresses her feelings. SUFYAN MUSSOOD ...read more.

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