Tension, Anticipation, and Suspense in "Oliver Twist" Essay

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Charles Dickens wrote ‘Oliver Twist’ between 1873 and 1839. Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens second novel. Oliver Twist began as a sketch; later on chapter by chapter it came on magazine and became a serial and eventually the whole novel was published. Charles Dickens childhood was terrible; he had to work in a factory for some months. The novel exposes a lot of Victorian attitudes which Dickens experienced as he was in poverty himself. Oliver Twist suffered for nine years in the baby farm treated like an animal. Eventually Oliver is taken by Mr Bumble to work in the workhouse where he asks for more food which makes the master angry and Mr Sowerberry’s offers to take Oliver, but Oliver is unhappy and runs away to London walking for seven…show more content…
He is selfish, obsessive and sneaky. Also in olden days calling someone a Jew was not rude. Fagin has a gang of little children where Fagin gives them food and shelter and in return the children pick pockets for Fagin and gets him something that’s valuable. The reader knows this because Artful Dodger pulls “out a portion of the crumb, and stuffing it therein. Taking the bread under his arm”. When Oliver first meets Fagin, Dickens describes Fagin in a powerful language using adjectives. This is clear when Fagin is “very old shrivelled Jew, whose villainous-looking and repulsive face was obscured…” From this the reader gets an image of how Fagin looks like and what type of per he is. Fagin was the person that told Bill Sikes that Nancy had betrayed him. Fagin is sneaky, he knows that Bill has an awful anger, so when he tells Bill. Fagin says “You won’t be-too-violent Bill”. Dickens has used ‘too’ twice in the chapter 47 (Fatal consequences) in the next page. This is clear when Fagin says “not too violent for safety. Be crafty, Bill, and not too bold.” This quote is showing how Fagin is trying to incite Bill. Fagin was saying that you will be vicious but not too much. Dickens has used the same adjective twice which is violent to make the sentence more interesting and to make the reader understand what Fagin wants Bill to get angry and hurt Nancy. This way it makes the reader nervous and creates suspense in their mind and makes

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