Charles Dickens was a famous novelist who was born on February 7th,
1812, Portsmouth England. His novel Oliver Twist was greatly
successful and was seen as a protest against the poor law of 1834. The
novel revolves around a boy called Oliver Twist; the plot is about how
Oliver goes from the work house to being an aristocrat. The novel
exposes a lot of Victorian attitudes which Dickens experienced as he
was in poverty himself.
In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens shows us many of the social
injustices of those historic times. He was outraged by the way the
poor and the young people in particular were treated.
He thought that this description would move the government to bring
about a change in the laws to ease the sufferings of the poor.
Nancy is first introduced to us through Oliver’s eyes in chapter 9. We
are told a description of a prostitute and not of the usual posh
Victorian lady when dickens describes her as, ‘’they wore a good deal
of hair, not very neatly turned up behind, and were rather untidy
about the shoes and stockings. They were not exactly pretty.’’ To read
this, it wouldn’t really promote a nice image of Nancy in addition to
this you would end up thinking that she wasn’t a clean or much
respected women. The image of Nancy is further strengthened when
Dickens goes further into the description, ‘’but they had a great deal
of color in their faces, and looked quite stout and hearty. Being
remarkably free and agreeable in their manners’’ this tells us that
they almost trying to sell them and completes their depiction of Nancy
being a prostitute, by this time the reader would be fully convinced
about her occupation. Nancy’s description is still better in
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...Victorian people used to double standards and how she
is thankful for him not being like one of them.
Nancy’s love for Sikes reflects the moral ambiguity of her character.
As she herself points out to Rose, devotion to a man can be ’’a
comfort and a pride’’ under the right circumstances. But for Nancy,
such devotion is ’’a new means of violence and suffering’’-indeed, her
relationship with Sikes leads her to criminal acts for his sake and
eventually to her relationship with Sikes leads her to criminal acts
for his sake and eventually to her own demise.
In my opinion Nancy is the most important character in Oliver Twist
because she laid down her life for Oliver. She did not wanted Oliver
to live the same life that she had lived. She paid the ultimate price
by giving away her life to Oliver and that to by the hands of her own
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