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Examine Dickens development of the theme of money Money is a central theme in Dickens novels He strove to recreate with precision the world around him and its issues and so it is fitting that money occupies such a conspicuous place at the heart of his body of work As he ages and his work matures Dickens view and treatment of money changes and complicates in parallel whether it is his central theme or not In Oliver Twist money is represented as a crude panacea for all ills as Snagsby views the half-crown in Jos case in Bleak House Oliver Twist is a fable of money and how and how not to get it Olivers life follows an archetypal rags-to-riches arc as simplistic as it is traditional with his eventual wealth un-earned but well deserved It is the goal which all characters in the novel pursue and the fulcrum on which the plot rests The money itself is represented as a destination there are no attachments to it or furtherings from it Unlike later novels money exists without social connections or connotations in a void of consequence beyond itself Money is not of itself imbued with any specific character or associations the ills that arise from it are owing to the nature of the people seeking it and the means in which they do so It is not money that makes Fagin criminal it is Fagins self that does None of the money in Oliver Twist is sourced as it were Brownlows wealth exists in a vacuum of class work or moral consequence This even applies to the crucial sum of the book Olivers inheritance though its origins are known they are not critical to the plot of the novel crammed amateurishly as they are into one chapter of the books fifty-one Fagins wealth though Dickens recognises and forces us to recognise its ill-gotten nature is not at any stage morally autonomous
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