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Summary of Oliver Twist: Female Characters
Nancy is a fictional character in the novel Oliver Twist and its numerous adaptations for theatre, television and films. She is a member of Fagin 's gang and the lover, and eventual victim, of Bill Sikes. As well as Nancy being a thief, a common misapprehension is that she is a prostitute , in the modern sense of the word. At no point is this stated in the novel; rather it stems from Dickens describing her as such in his preface to the edition "the boys are pickpockets, and the girl is a prostitute". However, it has been convincingly argued that he is invoking the term's then synonymous usage referring to a woman living out of wedlock or otherwise on the margins of "respectable" society. Despite of her criminality, Nancy is portrayed as a sympathetic figure, whose concern for Oliver overcomes her loyalty to Sikes and Fagin.
Read an in-depth analysis of Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist by: Charles Dickens. Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Oliver is an orphan born in a workhouse, and Dickens uses his situation to criticize public policy toward the poor in s England. Oliver is between nine and twelve years old when the main action of the novel occurs.
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The contemporary literary paradigm regards the novel Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens as one of the most significant works of the nineteenth century, which contribute largely to English literary heritage. Although the plotline evolves around the controversial and misfortunate life of an orphan boy, who attempts to act against the demands the society imposes on him and find a decent place in life, equally pivotal issue is the role and image of women that Dickens tries to convey to readers. The three main female characters in Oliver Twist Nancy, Rose Maylie, and Agnes Fleming are depicted as fallen women and described as both victims of exploitation and betrayal. Despite the variety of differences, one of the strongest features that unite them is sincerity. Such sincerity in the novel is realized through the enormous sacrifice that each woman is ready to make. For instance, Nancy gives her life for Oliver although they hardly know each other.
Diploma Thesis. The portrayal of mothers in Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby does not deviate from this claim, as it has been shown that the mothers of both novels fit into one of these categories. However, a great number of orphaned characters are given one or several parental surrogates. The wealthy and respectful Maylie family adopts Rose Maylie, while Oliver encounters Mrs Bedwin who takes care of him for a short period of time, but is later adopted by the Maylies as well. However, Nancy, the prostitute, does not share the same luck as the two aforementioned characters, and is instead raised by a gang of criminals for whom she has to engage in immoral activities.