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THE CHARACTERS MAJOR CHARACTERS OLIVER TWIST The orphan Oliver is a loving innocent child In his rags-to-riches career he finally finds happiness with his aunt Rose Maylie and his mentor Mr Brownlow But at birth his prospects arent very bright His mother dies leaving him in a public workhouse deprived of affection education and adequate food Most readers agree that Oliver is generally quiet and shy rather than aggressive But when he is nine years old he does two bold things that change his life At the workhouse he asks for more food Chapter II and when hes an apprentice he beats up Noah Claypole and runs away Chapters VI and VII After that most of the things that happen to him are out of his control They are the result of luck- either good or bad- or the active intervention of someone else When he arrives in London he finds himself in the clutches of Fagin and his gang of thieves Twice he is rescued by the very people that Fagins gang is trying to rob first Mr Brownlow and later Mrs Maylie Both times Oliver is ill and must be nursed back to health Then his half-brother plots to destroy him Olivers affectionate nature along with his weakness and innocence earn him the pity and love of the good people he meets At the same time his goodness makes him the victim of Fagin Sikes and Monks because they persistently scheme to turn him into a thief like themselves Because Oliver discovers that good people are successful and evil ones are punished he turns out to be a happy secure honest person Dickens choice of Olivers name is very revealing because the boys story is full of twists and turns These twists are eventually unraveled and the truth about his family is discovered The web of crime that he gets entangled in when
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