Why is Nancy such an important character in the novel Oliver Twist?

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Why is Nancy such an important character in the novel Oliver Twist?
{1837-1839} Oliver Twist was probably one of the most popular novels of its time. Within Oliver Twist the characters were the central main focus of the novel. Oliver: the main c...

Why is Nancy such an important character in the novel ‘Oliver Twist’?
{1837-1839}

Oliver Twist was probably one of the most popular novels of its time.
Within ‘Oliver Twist’ the characters were the central main focus of the novel.

Oliver: the main character is made to appeal to the reader’s sense of sympathy. Meanwhile Fagin is loathed by the reader. Nancy is seen as not so important by the reader but actually is the most important character after Oliver. So just why is
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This shows her loyalty to Bill Sikes and maybe Fagin and this could be a problem for her and Oliver later on in the novel.

Nancy is seen rescuing Oliver many times but then dragging him back into trouble just when he is about to get out. She is confused because at first she kidnaps Oliver and, then, she protects him from Bullseye
(Bill’s dog). Then Nancy collects Oliver from Fagin so he can be used on a burglary with Bill Sikes. Then Nancy has a discussion with Fagin and later overhears a conversation between him and Monks about Olivier which again changes her mind! Nancy then visits Rose Maylie and then a few days later she is planning to visit her again but Sikes won’t let her out of the house. After meeting Brownlow and Rose, Fagin suspects something, and Nancy is brutally murdered by the psychotic Bill Sikes!

Nancy is such an important character in the novel ‘Oliver Twist for many reasons, the most important being that because she helps Oliver escape from the criminal underworld she is risking her own life to save his. She gets whacked by ‘Bill Sikes’ for trying to help Oliver and trying to hide him and it is at this point she is realised as an important character. It’s like that saying ‘everyone gets famous after they die!’ Nancy is important to the plot development because she is shown as double sided in the novel but when Fagin employs Noah
Claypole to spy on Nancy it builds up sympathy