The chapter aims to elaborate on the relationships among the characters and to

The chapter aims to elaborate on the relationships

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The chapter aims to elaborate on the relationships among the characters and to show how they influence each other. It also attempts to explain how Dickens works with child´s perspective and the portrayal of the family. All these aspects are analysed to provide a wider insight into the approaches to childhood in the novel mentioned. The analysis presented in this chapter is divided into several sections and each section deals with its own topic. Firstly the observations have been made and these are shown on the textual evidence from primary literature. Also the information from secondary sources support the ideas presented in the chapter. Because Oliver´s story is related to many other characters and it might be useful for further analysis of the novel to outline its plot very 20
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briefly at first. Oliver´s story begins in a workhouse where he is born and where his mother dies giving a birth. There he spends the first nine years of his life and later he is apprenticed to Mr Sowerberry, an undertaker. After his escape from Sowerberry, he fleets to London where he joins a gang of young thieves overmastered by an old Jew, Fagin. After being caught at picking pockets, he lives at Mr Brownlow ´s where he recovers from an illness and where he experiences kindness and love for the first time in his life. Consequently he is kidnapped back to Fagin´s gang and involved in a burglary. When injured and almost killed, the inmates of the house which he tried to rob take him inside and they all live together for some time. Then many things from his past are revealed and the reader is told about Oliver´s background. It is brought to light that one of the thieves is Oliver´s half-brother and that he tried to destroy all evidence about this fact. The story of a girl from the gang, Nancy, is finished when she is killed by one of Fagin´s pals. At the end, Oliver comes to a big fortune, he inherits some money from his father and is adopted by Mr Brownlow. It also comes to light that Rose Maylie, the girl who takes care of Oliver in the country, is his aunt (a younger sister of his deceased mother). Fagin is imprisoned and consequently hanged. Oliver lives together with Mr Brownlow in the country near to their friends. The whole story is set into the 1830´s England, so time of the story is closely related to the time in which the novel was written and published. 21
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2.1 The main protagonist and other child characters The first section of this chapter examines the depiction of the main character and also some interesting issues related to secondary child characters. Unlike in the novels David Copperfield and Great Expectations , the main protagonist´s story in this novel does not continue to his adulthood. Oliver´s story begins with his birth and ends when he is yet a boy or a young man. A great deal of space in the novel is devoted to the description of Oliver´s miserable living conditions, his sufferings and inner feelings of terror. When the reader
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