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I Content - Characterizations Oliver Twist - A loving innocent orphan child the son of Edwin Leeford and Agnes Fleming He is generally quiet and shy rather than aggressive Olivers affectionate nature along with his weakness and innocence earn him the pity and love of the good people he meets Dickens choice of Olivers name is very revealing because the boys story is full of twists and turns Dickens uses his skills at creating character to make Oliver particularly appealing Mr Bumble - The parish beadle a rat man and a choleric with a great idea of his oratorical powers and his importance He has a decided propensity for bullying He derived no inconsiderable pressure from the exercise of petty cruelty and consequently was a coward Halfway through the book Bumble changes When he marries Mrs Corney he loses authority She makes all the decisions The Artful Dodger - A talented pickpocket recruiter cheat and wit Jack Dawkins known as the artful dodger is a charming rogue Fagins most esteemed pupil A dirty snub-nosed flat-browed common-faced boy short for his age Dickens makes Dodger look more appealing by describing his outrageous clothes and uninhibited manners Fagin - A master criminal whose specialty is fenang selling stolen property He employs a gang of thieves and is always looking for new recruits He is a man of considerable intelligence though corrupted by his self-interest His conscience bothers him after he is condemned to hang He does have a wry sense of humor and an uncanny
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