Bill Sikes Essays

  • Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist

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    Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist Nineteenth century London was a city brimming with life .The largest city in Europe, it housed an ever-increasing population, many of whom had come to London from the poorer rural areas of England and Ireland. Large groups of poor people would live together trying to

  • The Presentation of Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist

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    Analyse the presentation of Bill Sikes in the novel Oliver Twist. You should refer to aspects such as the author’s viewpoint, language and the social and historical contest. I am going to write a detailed and accurate piece of writing in the form of an essay to answer the statement above. I will do this by using quotes from the book, my own theories on what the author is trying to portray Bill Sikes as and also my own knowledge of the Victorian era. I will be looking at specific areas, which

  • How Charles Dickens Portrays the Murder of Nancy in Oliver Twist

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    upsetting chapter of the novel is "Fatal Consequences" which by all accounts was a terrifying experience for the audience listening and reading. At that t... ... middle of paper ... ... Christmas Carol." The Victorians believe in ghosts, Sikes imagination makes him more terrified and believes Nancyis a ghost. The romantic era believed in ghosts and Dickens believed in ghosts is well. There is this connection of ghosts which makes this part of the novel very dramatic. In Conclusion

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

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    criminal underworld that she hates and doesn’t wish to be part of! It is a typical ‘good VS evil’ scenario and when good prevails the reader really enjoys this. This is what is happening with Nancy, she represents good in a struggle with Fagin and Sikes who represent evil. She dies but for a just cause, when she frees Oliver from the criminal underworld and lets him know about his undiscovered riches. So that is why Nancy is such an important character in the novel ‘Oliver Twist’.

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

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    that Nancy has another more caring side to her. This side is shown on page 142 where Nancy says to Bill Sikes, that he’ll have to go through Nancy before he can attack Oliver with the dog, Bullseye. This shows that she cares for Oliver and that she doesn’t want Oliver to get hurt in any way. Also an alternative way to tell that Nancy has a better side to her, is when she says to Bill Sikes that he can smash her head against the wall, but she won’t let him touch Oliver. At this point in the

  • Chapter 47 in Oliver Twist

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    Chapter 47 in Oliver Twist The opening paragraph of chapter 47 in Oliver Twist - "Fatal Consequences" sets the scene for the rest of the chapter. We are also given a detailed description of the character Fagin. Straight away this demonstrates to us one of the techniques Dickens' uses in his books. Giving the chapter the title "Fatal Consequences" immediately gives the impression that something dark and evil is going to happen. He tends to do this quite a lot - throughout the chapter he

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

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    around him. Slowly as the story starts to develop, you get the idea that Nancy has another, more caring, side to her. You find out about this side on page 142 where she says to Bill Sikes that he’ll have to go through her if he wants to attack Oliver with his dog, Bullseye. At this point she also says to Bill that she doesn’t care if he splits her head against the wall but she still won’t get out of his way. This tells you that she is caring and does not want Oliver to suffer. Nancy feels

  • Nancy in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

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    the company of the thieves. Even with his violent and volatile attitude, Bill one of the thieves in the gang, is challenged by Nancy to ensure the ... ... middle of paper ... ...x case, because although she is a prostitute, a member of Fagin's gang, and Sikes's mistress, she also has virtuous sentiments, which prompt her to defend Oliver and to betray Fagin. But her good qualities also underpin her loyalty to Sikes, and that loyalty is the direct cause of her tragic fate at his hands. According

  • How does Dickens Present the Criminals in Oliver Twist

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    the good in herself to protect Oliver from the hands of the deadly wrath of Bill Sikes. Although most would say Dickens is presenting the criminals as purely evil throughout the novel, characters such as Fagin and Sikes who are presented as dark creates of the criminal underworld, they do however on the very odd occasion redeem themselves with an act of good will, usually towards the boys. Fagin and Sikes, but more so Sikes are very dangerous and violent men, however Fagin is shown, along with Nancy

  • Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist

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    Janice Vincent Characters as Social Aspects in Oliver Twist "The Victorians were avowedly, unashamedly, incorrigibly moralists. They . . . engaged in philanthropic enterprises in part to satisfy their own moral needs. And they were moralists in behalf of the poor, whom they sought not only to assist materially but also to elevate morally, spiritually, culturally, and intellectually . . . ." (Himmelfarb 48(8)). Charles Dickens used characterization as the basis of his pursuit of this moral goal in

  • The Presentation of Bullies in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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    The Presentation of Bullies in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote the novel "Oliver Twist" as a way of expressing his views on how the rich treated the poor, and how he felt about the laws regarding the poor. At the time there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor due to industrialisation. This meant that the poor were left to survive in unpleasant, overcrowded conditions, and were treated harshly by the rich. Dickens felt strongly about this situation and wrote

  • The Character of Fagin in Oliver Twist

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    The Character of Fagin in Oliver Twist Fagin is the ringleader of a small group of thieves and pickpockets, and is introduced in the novel when the Artful Dodger aids Oliver, when he escapes to the city, and introduces him to Fagin. Fagin seems to have quite a responsible attitude towards his band, being the leader. He possesses a very charismatic manner and uses terms of endearment (e.g. "my dear") towards everyone. However, he is not a person to anger, as he is also shown to have an

  • The Use of Language in Chapter 47 of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

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    social and economical divide and focussing on the underclass, which at this time lived in harsh, squalor and awful conditions. Chapter 47 reveals the themes of criminality and scheming behaviour which runs throughout the novel. Brutality erupts when Bill is manipulated by Fagin. At this time in the story Nancy has risked her life to inform Mr Brownlow of Oliver’s whereabouts. Charles Dickens creates a dark, mysterious setting when he describes the scene of Fagin’s lair ‘the dead of night’ – already

  • The Portrayal of the Under Classes in Oliver Twist

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    The Portrayal of the Under Classes in Oliver Twist During the early 1800s a great number of people were living in extreme poverty. Dickens had grown up in a poor family. As his childhood was so awful he wrote the novel 'Oliver twist' as a protest towards the way the poorer community were treated. This period of time was torrid for the underclass population, particularly the children. Orphaned children had only two choices. They could both live and work in workhouses or to live a life

  • Reflection of Charles Dickens' Childhood in Olvier Twist

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    Character Analysis of Oliver Twist and its Reflection of Charles Dickens’ Childhood Oliver Twist, written in 1837, the second novel by British author Charles Dickens, is notable for its detailed portrayal of cruel treatments towards the many orphans in London during the Victorian era. Oliver Twist is the main character in this novel who endures a miserable life as an orphan. The adventures of Oliver are like an epitome of the pathetic lives of the lower class. In many ways Dickens criticizes the

  • Society’s Attitude Towards Under Privileged Children in the Novel Oliver Twist

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    novel is that of a young individual boy but t... ... middle of paper ... ...y to make us visualize the19th century London. Characters such as Mr.Brownlow, Nancy, Ms. Rose, all give comfort to Oliver’s life but filthy characters such Fagin and Sikes never allow Oliver to be in peace. Dickens shows us how society can change the life of a person. The different classes of society all have good and bad. But in the end we know that good prevails over evil. The novel has made me realize that

  • Victorian Society's Treatment of the Poor in Oliver Twist

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    religious people and would have picked up on that point immediately. However the first thing that Fagin is described as is 'a Jew.' The Victorians were all Christians apart from very few, and they would probably of hated Fagin because he was a Jew. Bill Sikes is described as 'dirty' and 'bulky' and is dressed in dark clothes. All of these create images of evil and of a nasty man who you would not want to cross. Charles Dickens is informing the reader further on members of Fagin's gang. Overall

  • 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

  • Oliver Twists's Fagin as a Character for Whom the Audience has Considerable Sympathy

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    Oliver Twists's Fagin as a Character for Whom the Audience has Considerable Sympathy "Oliver Twist" was the second novel of Charles Dickens. It was initially published in monthly instalments that began in February of 1837 and ended in April of 1939. The book has been criticised for anti-Semitism since Fagin is frequently referred to as "the Jew". At the time many Jews, who had fled to England from persecution abroad, were so discriminated against by the law that they became travelling salesmen

  • Oliver Twist Social Criticism

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    Hidden Inspiration “Please, sir, I want some more” says a young orphan named Oliver in one of the most well recognized lines from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. When Oliver dares ask for more food, he is famished and suffering from the conditions of a hard day’s work in a workhouse. In fact, the whole workhouse is filled with young boys just like Oliver who are underfed, and forced to work harder than they should. Oliver Twist is a fictional story, but poverty was a severe issue in London