Nancy in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist
London in the 19th century was a heavily packed city where the richand poor rubbed shoulders daily. Charles Dickens lived there most ofhis life, growing from a poor child to a publicly famous, but oftenprivately troubled, writer. The city shaped his life it also patternshis work in complex and fascinating ways. The novels picture thisgreat city vividly. It can also be seen to be used as a symbolic mapthrough which human relationships of all kinds are explored.
This description of Oliver Twist may also capture the hauntingchildhood of its author, Charles Dickens. Feeling alone in the worldat the age of 12, Dickens saw firsthand the horrors Victorian Englandcast upon the poor, particularly the young. Frightful livingconditions and cruel work situations were the order of the day.
As far as I am concerned Nancy is a very important in Oliver Twist.This is due to the fact that she forfeits an enormous amount (andultimately her life) for the sake of Olivers protection.
Nancyis a beautiful portrayal of a mother like figure, she stands upfor poor innocent Oliver. Nancyalso has a conflict within herselfhaving to choose between good or evil, as she had a choice, either shewould go against Oliver or with him. She decided to go with him andtherefore this is why it was, she had a conflict within herself havingto choose between good or evil.
Nancywas often beaten. Thinking it was too late for her to search fora better life she stayed in the company of the thieves. Even with hisviolent and volatile attitude, Bill one of the thieves in the gang, ischallenged by Nancy to ensure the …
…x case, because although she is a prostitute,a member of Fagin’s gang, and Sikes’s mistress, she also has virtuoussentiments, which prompt her to defend Oliver and to betray Fagin.But her good qualities also underpin her loyalty to Sikes, and thatloyalty is the direct cause of her tragic fate at his hands. Accordingto the novel’s logic, it is miraculous that Oliver’s goodness survivesin such an environment, whereas it is virtually inevitable thatgoodness such as Nancy’s is destroyed.’
This therefore proves that Nancy is not the most important characterin the novel as; Nancy gets destroyed and was just helping Oliver,however she did play a big part in the novel and was mentioned a lot.On the other hand Oliver was the one who was being oppressed, he wasthe one that needed help also he was the main character.