Nancy in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist Essay

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Nancy in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

London in the 19th century was a heavily packed city where the rich and poor rubbed shoulders daily. Charles Dickens lived there most of his life, growing from a poor child to a publicly famous, but often privately troubled, writer. The city shaped his life it also patterns his work in complex and fascinating ways. The novels picture this great city vividly. It can also be seen to be used as a symbolic map through which human relationships of all kinds are explored.

This description of Oliver Twist may also capture the haunting childhood of its author, Charles Dickens. Feeling alone in the world at the age of 12, Dickens saw firsthand the horrors Victorian
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When Oliver is caught delivering books for Mr. Brownlow, Nancy and Bill Sikes take him to the hideouts that the thieves live in. There he is stripped of his clothes, money and books.

Nancy fights for Oliver's safety among the men in the room. "Keep back the dog, Bill!" cried Nancy, springing before the door and closing it, as the Jew and his two pupils darted out in pursuit. "Keep back the dog: he'll tear the boy to pieces."

"Serve him right!" cried Sikes, struggling to disengage himself from the girl's grasp. "Stand off from me, or I'll split your head against the wall." "I don't care for that Bill, I don't care for that," screamed the girl, struggling violently with the man: "the child shan't be torn down by the dog, unless you kill me first."

With the capture of Oliver Fagin the leader of the gang and Bill were upset that Oliver had run away. Bill's dog being in the room nearly tears Oliver to shreds but Nancy saves him. Having this dirty, ugly world of crime pulled over her eyes Nancy is bothered by how Oliver is treated and tries to shield him from the evil world.

Nancy being beat by Sikes is victim of violence therefore doesn't think she has any other life to turn to. She has a hard time with good and evil deciding where she stands. But she is determined to take care of Oliver so he can have a better life.

I wouldn't say Nancy is the most important character in
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