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Oliver Twist

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Emily Conn

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Transcript of Oliver Twist

Character Map for Oliver

A chronological timeline
A surprising event
"The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver's shoulders with the club, and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand. She flung it into the fire with a force that brought some of the glowing coals whirling out into the room"(140).
Symbols- Rose
Rose Fleming is like a flower. She is young and beautiful and she has undergone many hard obstacles in her life, like winter for a flower. Her parents both died without any trace of her genealogy to them, she was abandoned by the cottagers who raised her as their own, was called a disgrace to her name, and survived an illness that should have killed her. Her name also symbolizes a re-birth because roses are perennials, which mean that they bloom again when the weather warms up after the winter.
Oliver Twist
By Charles Dickens
Presented by Emily Conn

A sorrowful event
"She staggered and fell, nearly blinded by the blood that rained down from a deep gash in her forehead;but raising herself, with difficulty, on her knees, drew from her bosom a white handkerchief-Rose Maylie's own- and holding it up in her folded hands, as high towards Heaven as her feeble strength would allow, breathed one prayer for mercy from her Maker"(437).
Symbols-London Bridge
London bridge is a symbol because when Nancy came to meet Mr. Brownlow and Rose they gave Nancy a choice: to return to her life of crime or to start a new life of honesty. She does not want to turn on the people that raised her by turning them over to be hanged, even though they raised and introduced her to thieving and the life in the streets.This event is tied to the bridge because she chose to go back instead of crossing the bridge to a new life, one that she wanted badly, but felt like she could not leave Bill Sikes, the one she loves, to die by her hand.
Six Vocabulary words
inadvertent- adv.- unintentional
remonstrate-n.- to plead or protest
impertinent-n.-lack of pertinence; irrelevance
gesticulate-n.-an animated or excited gesture.
disparage-n.-to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of.
ostentatious-adj.-(of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice
An event that is important to the plot line
"As it was something to feel certain that assistance was sent for, and that no time had been lost, Oliver hurried up the inn yard with a somewhat lighter heart. He was turning out of the gateway when he accidentally stumbled against a tall man wrapped in a cloak, who was at that moment coming out of the inn door" (295).
Symbols- Fox
Monks is like a fox because he is sly and mean. Foxes are very sly and cunning and they are also protective and mean. Monks tracks down all the pieces of Oliver's identity and throws them in a river, never to be found again. Monks also made a promise to his mother that if his half-brother, Oliver, were to ever cross his path, he would hunt him down, and to make sure that he would take out all of his hatred and loss on him. A fox, when protecting its nest or young, will be as vicious and cruel as it can possibly be.
Oliver Twist, 89, of London, died Dec. 12, 1892

Oliver was born to the unmarried Edwin Leeford and Agnes Fleming, in the Parish Church workhouse some 75 miles from London. He was homeschooled by Mrs. Maylie, and later on by Mr. Brownlow, his adoptive father. Oliver was unmarried, and lived on his own.

Oliver was a part of a small society that Mr. Brownlow started by Oliver's wish. Oliver was very charitable and did everything he could to help the orphans of the parish church.

Oliver is not survived by any children, but all who knew him passed down the story of how he made it through his difficult life of being taken by thieves, being accused of a crime, being abducted again by thieves, being forced to break into a house, being rescued by a nice family, and finally facing his half-brother who tried to kill him on many occasions.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the parish church where Oliver was born.

A viewing will be held at 6 pm. Monday, Dec 16 at the Gravestones&Ghosts Cemetery in London.
Oliver is thought to be the thief
When Oliver goes out with Master Bates and the Artful Dodger, the two boys steal a handkerchief from an old gentleman. It is then that Oliver discovers that they are thieves. Oliver gets blamed because he is seen running away from the gentleman, to catch up with the thieves. "In the very instant when Oliver began to run, the old gentleman, putting his hand to his pocket, and missing his handkerchief, turned sharp round. Seeing the boy scudding away at such a rapid pace, he very naturally concluded him to be the depredator and, shouting 'Stop thief!' with all his might, made off after him, book in hand"(82).
Oliver is rescued
Oliver is brought in front of the head police officer, who declares him guilty. The gentleman was present during the hearing. Just when Oliver is pronounced guilty, the shop keeper comes in and explains the whole event because he saw it firsthand. Throughout the interrogation, the gentleman notices that Oliver looks sick from a fever. Almost as soon as the head officer decides that he isn't guilty, Oliver faints. The gentleman watches over and helps to nurse him back to health. "Here, a bed was prepared without loss of time, in which Mr. Brownlow saw his young charge carefully and comfortably deposited; and here he was tended with a kindness and solicitude that knew no bounds"(94).
When Oliver goes out to run a favor for Mr. Brownlow, Nancy and Bill Sikes show up, and claim that he ran away from home and that they had been looking all over for him. Oliver pleads that if they take him to at least return the money or else Mr. Brownlow will have thought that Oliver had stolen it. Nancy and Bill take Oliver back to Fagin. "'Oh ma'am,' replied the young woman, 'he ran away, near a month ago-from his parents, who are hard-working and respectable people- and went and joined a set of thieves and bad characters, and almost broke his mother's heart'"(131).
When Oliver is in the hands of Fagin again, Fagin gives him to Sikes, to help him with a robbery. Sikes takes Oliver to a house and forces him to enter by holding him at gunpoint. Oliver decides to make a run to warn the family inside that Sikes wants to rob them, but the family wakes up and he ends up getting shot by the butler. He is left in a ditch when Sikes tries to carry him away, but Oliver gets up and barely makes it back to the house, where the inhabitants, even though he was the one who broke in, give him shelter and help him to recover from his bullet wound. "He pushed against the garden gate; it was unlocked, and swung open on its hinges. He tottered across the lawn; climbed the steps; knocked faintly at the door; and, his whole strength failing him, sunk down against one of the pillars of the little portico"(250).
Oliver is born in a small town 75 miles from London in the Parish church workhouse. His mother dies right after he is born. "As Oliver gave this first proof of the free and proper action of his lungs, the patchwork coverlet, which was carelessly flung over the iron bedstead, rustled; the pale face of a young woman was raised feebly from the pillow, and a faint voice imperfectly articulated the words, 'Let me see the child, and die'"(2).
Oliver runs to London
Oliver runs away from the coffin maker, to whom he was apprenticed to, to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger. The Artful Dodger takes Oliver to Fagin, where he founds out that the Artful Dodger is part of Fagin's group of young thieves. It took Oliver a day or two to figure out that they were all thieves, and when he found out, he was appalled. "After satisfying himself upon this head, the Jew stepped gently to the door, which he fastened. He then drew forth-as it seemed to Oliver, from some trap in the floor- a small box, which he placed carefully on the table. His eyes glistened as he raised the lid and looked in. Dragging an old chair to the table, he sat down and took from it a magnificent gold watch, sparkling with jewels"(73).
Oliver is born
The Break-in
The inmates of the house are very kind to Oliver
The inmates of the house are very kind to Oliver after they heard the story of how he had come to be the one to break into their house. They housed and helped him recover from his bullet wound. They started educating him when they took him with them to a house in a small village, where they stayed there for a few years. Oliver did everything he could to please them. "Then he had his own lesson for the next day to prepare; and at this he would work hard in a little room which looked into the garden, till evening came slowly on, when the ladies would walk out again, and he with them, listening with such pleasure to all they said- and so happy if they wanted a flower that he could climb to reach, or had forgotten anything he could run to fetch , that he could never be quick enough about it"(288).
Oliver meets Monks and finds out who his parents were
A sudden change of personality
While Oliver is staying with Mrs. Maylie and Rose, Nancy comes and talks to Rose. She doesn't want money, or to get Oliver back, she wants to try and do some good in her life because she feels like she was dragged into the world of thieving against her will. She tells Rose the whole plan of what a mysterious man named Monks wants to do with Oliver. She agrees to meet Rose on London Bridge every Sunday, if she is alive, from 11 p.m. to 12a.m. Nancy finds out and tells Rose that Monks wants to beat down Oliver and turn him into a thief, just to get the inheritance from their father, because they were brothers. "'and Monks, talking on about the boy and getting very wild, said that though he had got the young devil's money safely now, he'd rather have had it the other way; for what a game it would have been to have brought down the boast of the father's will by driving him through every jail in town, and then hauling him up for s ome capital felony, which Fagin could easily manage, after having made a good profit of him besides'"(366)
When Oliver comes face to face with Monks for the first time and finds out that he is his half-brother, he also discovers that his father was Edwidn Leeford and his mother was Agnes Fleming. He found out that his father left him a great amount of money, instead of leaving it to the elder child, Monks. He found out that
Rose Fleming is his aunt, but he declared that he would not call her aunt, he would call her his sister. "Let the tears which fell, and the broken words which were exchanged in the long close embrace of the orphans, be sacred. A father, sister and mother, were gained and lost, in that one moment. Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears- for even grief itself arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain"(484).
1.) The parish workhouse is starving the boys so it falls to Oliver to ask for more food. "'Please, sir, I want some more'"(15)
1.) Oliver is placed in confinement and is brought out every other day and is put up for sale for apprenticeship. "Oliver was ordered into instant confinement, and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would take Oliver Twist off the hands of the parish"(16)
2.) Noah taunts Oliver and makes fun of Oliver's mother. "'But yer must know, Work'us, yer mother was a regular right-down bad'un'"(51).
2.) Oliver attacks Noah and is locked up in the cellar. Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry believe Noah that he was trying to murder him."Crimson with fury, Oliver started up, overthrew the chair and table, seized Noah by the throat,, shook him, in the violence of his rage, till his teeth chattered in his head, and, collecting his whole force into one heavy blow, felled him to the ground"(52).
4.) Fagin observes that Nancy hates how Sikes treats her and wants her to turn on him. He suspects Nancy has another lover. "'If you want revenge on those that treat you like a dog-like a dog!Worse than his dog, for humors him sometimes-come o me'"(412).
4.) Fagin tells Noah to follow Nancy and report back what she does and where she goes. Noah finds out that Nancy was meeting with Rose and Mr. Brownlow. "The astonished listener remained motionless on his post for some minutes afterwards, and having ascertained, with many cautious glances round him, that he was again alone, crept slowly from his hiding place"(428).
5.)Sikes finds out that Nancy was meeting Rose and Mr. Brownlow and telling them everything. "'That about-NANCY,' said Fagin, clutching Sikes by the wrist, as if to prevent his leaving the house before he had heard enough. 'You followed her?'"(433).
5.) Sikes goes home and is furious with Nancy. He is about to shoot her, but realizes it would make too much noise, so he bangs her on the head and she falls to the ground dead. "The housebreaker freed one arm, and grasped his pistol. The certainty of immediate detection if he fired flashed across his mind even in the midst of his fury, and he beat it twice, with all the force he could summon, on the upturned face that almost touched his own"(436)
6.) Oliver accidently runs into a man coming out of a doorway. The man curses at him. "'If I had only the courage to say the word, I might have been free of you in a night. Curses on your head and black death on your heart, you imp! What are you doing here?'"(295).
6.) The man turns out to be Monks, who is Oliver's half-brother, and he does everything he can to try and make Oliver's life miserable. He promised his mother, a long time ago, that if Oliver ever crossed his path he would hunt him down and never let him rest. "'You repaired to the place of his birth. there existed proofs-proofs long suppressed- of his birth and parentage. Those proofs were destroyed by you, and now in your own words to you accomplice the Jew, '
the only proofs of the boy's identity lie at the bottom of the river, and the old hag that received them from the mother is rotting in her coffin
Cause and Effect chart
3.) Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry ill-treat and misuse Oliver. They believe Mr. Bumble when he said that giving him meat led to his outburst. "'It's not madness, ma'am,' replied Mr. Bumble after a few momes of deep meditation. 'It's Meat.'"(57).
3.) Oliver runs away to London, where he meets a friend who turns out to be part of a gang of young thieves. "to see the Dodger plunge his hand into the old gentleman's pocket and draw from thence a handkerchief"(81).
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