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Oliver Twist Character Map

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Mrs. Mann She is the superintendent of the house Oliver is raised in. "The elderly woman was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate preception of what was good for herself" (20). Mr. Bumble He is the beadle for the workhouse. Although he preaches christian morals, he acts like a Pharisee. "Now, Mr. Bumble was a fat man, and a choleric; so, instead of responding to this open-hearted salutation in a kindred spirit, he gave the little wicket a tremendous shake, and then bestowed upon it a kick which could have emanated from no leg but a beadle's" (21). Mr. Sowerberry He is the worker to whom Oliver is an apprentice to after the bread incident. "His features were not naturally intended to wear a smiling aspect, but he was in general rather given to professional jocosity" (36). Noah Claypole Noah is also Mr. Sowerberry's apprentice. He manages to bully Oliver past the point of forgiveness until it causes Oliver to rebel. "...Noah Claypole, being hungry and vicious, considered he could not possibly devote to a worthier purpose than aggravating and tantalizing young Oliver Twist" (51). Artful Dodger Although he is a child just like Oliver, he does not appear to be. He is the one who introduces Oliver to Fagin after meeting him on the streets. "...from which Oliver discovered that his friend's name was Jack Dawkins: and taht he was a peculiar pet and protege of the elderly gentleman before mentioned" (63). Fagin - The Jew Fagin is a selfish criminal, consumed by his desire for money and riches. He offers children a roof over their heads and food in return for the things and money they pick-pocket for him. "He then drew forth...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" (67). Mr. Brownlow He is the subject of a pick-pocketing attempt through which he comes to meet Oliver. "...and the fact is, if the truth must be told, that Mr. Brownlow's heart, being large enough for any six ordinary old gentlemen of humane disposition" (85). Agnes Flemming Although we don't know that Agnes is Oliver's mother at this point in the novel, we are first introduced to Agnes when we see her portrait in Brownlow's house. "[Oliver is] the illegitimate son of [Monks's] father, my dear friend Edwin Leeford, by poor young Agnes Flemming, who died in giving him birth" (343). Bill Sikes After the attempted pick-pocketing scene and Oliver's "capturing", Fagin goes to Sikes for advice. The fact that Sikes is the man the Jew turned to for help indirectly lets us know that Sikes is not the best guy around. This can be seen throughtout the entirety of the novel but is ultimately proven when Sikes loses it and murders Nancy. "[Sikes] grasped his pistol. The certainty of immediate detection if he fired, flash across his mind even in the midst of his fury; and he beat it twice with all the force he could summon upon the upturned face that almost touched his own" (316). Nancy When we first meet her, she is a stagnant character - one also part of Fagin's crowd. As the story develops, she begins to evolve and develop heart for Oliver and his situation and does whatever she can to help him, which, ultimately, cost her her life. "Let him be-let him be, or I shall put that mark on some of you, that will bring me to the gallows before my time" (115). Monks Oliver Twist Mr. Leeford Monks, when first introduced, is this dark, mysterious man who is out to ruin Oliver's life. We later on find out this is because Oliver is his half brother and he does not want to share his inheritance with anybody. "Monks...once more fell into his old courses, and, after undergoing a long confinement for some fresh act of fraud and knavery, at length sunk under an attack of his old disorder, and died in prison" (357). Mr. Leeford was Agnes' lover and so Oliver's father. Although what he did was an act that brough shame to his name, he was a man of true character. "He told her all he had meant to do, to hide her shame...for all the guilt was his" (343).
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