How Charles Dickens Portrays The Murder Of Nancy In Oliver Twist

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How Charles Dickens Portrays the Murder of Nancy in Oliver Twist

"Oliver Twist" was written by Charles Dickens. He was born on February
7th 1812in Landport which is situated in Portsmouth, England. He
worked in a blacking factory where shoe polish is produced and Dickens
job was to paste labels to the bottles of polish. The working
conditions then were dreadfully poor, He was doing this job when he
was 12 years old which meant that in those days children had little
childhood where they can have fun like nowadays. This was the same age
when Oliver worked in the workhouse and because Dickens had
experienced working in poor conditions when he was young he made the
book more dramatic and more real life and also expresses Oliver's
feeling well. He saw the results of poor parenting and he himself had
witnessed the wretchedness of poverty. Several of his novels draw on
these experiences and they include boys living through vindictive and
humiliating experiences. One of these was "Oliver Twist," this was
written to express Dickens feelings towards society and how it needed
to be changed so that there was no difference between the rich and the
poor and that we are all human beings.

"Oliver Twist" was published in chapters or episodes for a magazine so
the reader will want to read on. Dickens also did reading tours where
he read extracts to a audience and because he had written the novel
himself he captured the tones and the accents of the characters
brilliantly. The most shocking and upsetting chapter of the novel is
"Fatal Consequences" which by all accounts was a terrifying experience
for the audience listening and reading.

At that time stories which had ghosts, crime and suspense were
enjoyed. This era was called the "Romantic Era." Even though people
enjoyed these types of stories, women fainted during the readings such
as when he was reading "Fatal Consequences," Even Dickens blood
pressure and pulse rate went to extreme extents and very high risk.
The chapter was so melodramatic even Dickens was shocked and
terrified.

"Fatal Consequences" suggests to us that there will be a tragedy in
this chapter, Dickens makes us have sympathy for Nancyduring the novel
and so when she is murdered we begin to have hatred for Sikes and feel
sorry for Nancy. Sikes is referred to as a man and Nancy as a girl.
Sikes is thirty five and we think that Nancyis around 16. Later on we
discover Sikes Violence towards other people, even animals.

"This command was accompanied with a kick, which sent the animal to
the other end of the room"

Straight after we are told about his character, he hates everyone who
goes against him and also

"….threats …promises …bribes"

people to get them to do something for him. After Sikes introduction
who is violent and a greedy character, we get to know...

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