How Does Dickens Create Tension In The Lead-Up To Nancy’s Death?

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Have you ever thought about how it would be to live in poverty or how would life be if you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from? , well these were the questions that would haunt kids, adults and elderly people in the nineteenth century. Charles Dickens is a famous novelist who was born on February 7TH 1812, Portsmouth England. His novel ‘Oliver Twist’ had been serialized and to also show Dickens purposes, which was to show the powerful links between poverty and crime. The novel is based on a young boy called Oliver Twist; the plot is about how the underprivileged misunderstood orphan, Oliver the son of Edwin Leeford and Agnes Fleming, he is generally quiet and shy rather than being aggressive, after his parents past away he is forced to work in a workhouse and then forced to work with criminals. The novel reveals a lot of different aspects of poverty, crime and cruelty which Dickens had experienced himself as a young boy in his disturbing and unsupportive childhood, due to his parents sent to prison so therefore Charles, who was already filled with misery, melancholy and deprivation had started working at the age of twelve at a factory to repay their debt. Fagin is the mastermind among the criminals; he is described as an “Old Jew” he has an ugly appearance although he is described as “shrivelled” he is selfish and has been corrupted by poverty yet unknowingly shows sympathy towards Oliver, as it has shown in the novel when Oliver is told to make a robbery in Mr. Brownlow’s house, until Oliver gets shot and then Fagin shows his love towards him, this makes the reader feel that even criminals may do the unlawful work they still have some emotions and love for other humans, also in this scene Fagin reveals himself t... ... middle of paper ... ...which was mostly common in girls in their early twenties it was mostly due to either being poor or from broken families. Charles Dickens has done a great job to keep the tension flowing from the beginning to the end which seems like a hard job to do. He has also used the characters name symbolically for example as the surname ‘Twist’ is significant to the outrageous reversals of fortune that he will experience maybe later in life or on the way in his journey of life, he has used a variety of adverbs, verbs, adjectives and learned a way to play with human’s emotions which makes the reader more interested to read the book one way that I have notice is his clever way of uses of techniques such as foreshadowing and dramatic irony, these techniques makes the reader more interested and a little apprehensive to find out what happens next or is there going to be a sequel.

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