Oliver Twist - Name Etymology Essays

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Oliver Twist - Name Etymology Summary: Oliver Twist is a poor orphan boy cruelly treated in the public workhouse. Pennyless and hungry, he runs away to London, only to fall into the clutches of a gang of thieves and pickpockets led by the master criminal, Fagin. Befriended by a man robbed by the gang, Oliver ultimately learns his true identity and gains a new home, a fortune and a brand new family! Name Analogies: Oliver: Norman French form of a Germanic name, possibly the name Alfihar meaning "elf army". The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". The olive tree also symbolises longevity and hope, and the olive tree is renowned eternal. It is also a symbol of peace and reconciliation, the…show more content…
It also symbolizes victory, and as Oliver always succeeds in the end. (At escaping the Sowerberry’s undertaking company, returning to Mr. Brownlow, and many more.) Oliver also means force, as olive wood is hard and sturdy, and is portrayed so as in many Greek legends, olive was the wood used in making the heroes’ weapons. Bumble: self-important petty official, fussy, pompous, stupid beadle. I think the name suits Bumble, the orphanage caretaker, well, isn’t he a self-important petty official, fussy, pompous, stupid beadle? The explanation of the name sums it all up. Fagin: People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient. True to his name, Fagin is the leader of the gang of teenage robbers, thieves and pickpockets. Also, he experiences a wealth of “creative new ideas”. He also implements his “ideas” with efficiency and determination. Of course, as you see, he is using his ideas in a bad way. He is aggressive as the name describes. Stealing and to teach how to steal is of course resenting

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