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Oliver Twist the Anchor of Character Development Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist centers itself around the life of the young orphan Oliver but he is not a deeply developed character He stays the same throughout the entire novel He has a desire to be protected he wants to be in a safe and secure environment and he shows unconditional love and acceptance to the people around him These are the only character traits that the reader knows of Oliver He is an archetype of goodness and innocence His innocence draws many people close to him Each character is attracted to his innocence for different reasons some to destroy it and others to build it Their relationships with Oliver reveal nothing more about his personality They reveal more about their own personalities Therefore Oliver is used not as the protagonist of the story but as the anchor for the development of the other characters As the anchor of character development Oliver helps reveal the redeeming qualities of Dickens Mr Brownlow Dickens moves through a series of developments with Mr Brownlow and it is only when he comes into contact with Oliver that his character is fully developed He is initially described by Dickens as an old gentlemen with a very respectable-looking personage with a powdered head and gold spectacles 114 The reader is left to draw their own conclusions about him as he is only described one dimensionally When Mr Brownlow gives chase to Oliver after being robbed by Olivers associates it seems as though Mr Brownlow might have little respect or mercy for the lower class Instead the reader finds that Mr Brownlow is a kind and merciful man He takes pity on Oliver telling the policeman not to hurt him and arguing for his release inside the court house Mr Brownlow takes Oliver to his house where he is very well cared for by Mrs Bedwin When Oliver recovers from his fever
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