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 and stallholders. In these trades it was very easy to drift into receiving and selling stolen goods. The Jewish thief's characterizations do seem to owe much to ethnic stereotypes. The first time Oliver…show more content…
The Jew believed that Oliver should be "honoured" to be welcomed by his "intimate" contact because of the power he had over the other boys showing that he is very dominant. This illustrates that he is very proud of the children he has brought up to be pickpockets. However, in reality we know that bringing up small boys to steal is something to be frowned upon. Certainly, this shows Fagin is swollen with pride with things of no worth. Fagin is seen as a child abuser when we examine the way he treats the boys in the den. He allows children of a young age to "smoke long clay pipes, and drink spirits with the air of middle-age men". This gives the impression that the boys are being robbed of their youth at a very young age. Without a doubt, a humane person would not strip the youngsters of their childhood. At first Fagin doesn't want Oliver to know what he is really like. He uses repetition of the word "very" in the context of him being glad to meet Oliver. He also refers to Oliver as "my dear" which is an endearing term. Surely, only a kind-hearted man, who loved children, would refer to a small boy as this. However, we see that the Jew deliberately put Oliver to sleep by drugging him with "a glass of hot gin-and-water". It would suggest that Fagin wanted Oliver to get a good first

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