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Oliver Twist

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Oliver Twist

  1. 1. OLIVER TWIST<br />A novelby Charles Dickens<br />
  2. 2. MainCharacters<br />Oliver Twist<br />Is the child hero of a melodramatic novel<br />of social protest. On many levels, Oliver is <br />not a believable character, because although<br />he’s raised in corrupt surrounding, his purity <br />and virtue are absolute. Throughout the novel, <br />Dickens uses Oliver’s character to challenge the Victorian<br />idea that paupers and criminals are already evil at birth,<br />arguing instead that a corrupt environment is the source of<br />vice. At the same time, Oliver’s incorruptibility undermines<br />some of Dickens’s assertions. <br />
  3. 3. Nancy<br /> The narrator’s reference to her “free <br /> agreeable…manners” indicates that<br /> she is a prostitute. She is immersed<br /> in the vices condemned by her <br /> society but she also commits perhaps<br /> the most noble act in the novel when<br /> she sacrifices her own life in order to<br /> protect Oliver. Nancy is good and evil.<br />Her ultimate choice to do good at a great personal cost is<br />a strong argument in favor of the incorruptibility of basic<br />goodness, no matter how many environmental obstacles it<br />may face.<br />
  4. 4. Fagin<br />Although Dickens denied that anti-Semitism <br />had influenced his portrait of Fagin, the <br />Jewish thief’s characterization does seem <br />to owe much to ethnic stereotypes. He is <br />ugly, simpering, miserly, and avaricious. <br />Constant references to him as “the Jew” seem to <br />indicate that his negative traits are intimately <br />connected to his ethnic identity. However, Fagin is <br />more than a statement of ethnic prejudice. He is a <br />richly drawn, resonant embodiment of terrifying <br />villainy. Fagin is meant to inspire nightmares in child<br />and adult readers alike. The gallows, and the fear<br />they inspire in Fagin, are a specter even more<br />horrifying to contemplate than Fagin himself.<br />
  5. 5. OtherCharacters<br />Mr.Brownlow<br />A well-off, erudite gentlemen who serves as Oliver’s<br />first benefactor. Throughout the novel, he behaves<br />with compassion and common sense and emerges as<br />a natural leader.<br /><ul><li>Mr.Bumble</li></ul>The pompous, self important beadle-a minor church<br />official- for the workhouse where Oliver is born-<br />Though Mr-Bumble preaches Christian morality, he<br />behaves without compassion toward the paupers<br />under his care. Dickens mercilessly satirizes his self<br />righteousness, greed, hypocrisy, and folly, of which is <br />name is an obvius symbol.<br />
  6. 6. Themes<br />The Failureof Charity<br />The FollyofIndividualism<br />Purity in a Corrupt City<br />The CountrysideIdealized<br />
  7. 7. Motifs<br />Disguised or MistakenIdentities<br />Hidden Family Relationships<br />Surrogate Families<br />
  8. 8. Symbol<br />Characters’ Names<br />Bull’s-eye<br />London Bridge <br />
  9. 9. Filmography…<br />A film by Roman Polanski (2005)<br />

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