Character Changes In Oliver's Stay With The Maylies

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Moreover, Dickens thought that one’s position in society could be changed by self-improvement. Then, one’s environment may be decisive to shape your way of being but not to change who you really are. In fact, Oliver’s stay with the Maylies challenges this argument. Whereas Oliver was supposed to be helped and thus, improve, in the city, it is precisely here the moment in which we see the worst side of Oliver: he has no voice, he has no decent opportunities, he is victim of middle-classes prejudices, and so on. Otherwise, in the countryside, where he is supposedly to be a waste for society (not having any opportunity to self-improvement), he finds his true nature, having his own opinion and showing the purest side of Oliver. However, this situation would not last too long, as in Chapter 33, the Jew appears again. Oliver knew, perfectly well, that he was in his own little room; … and yet he was asleep. Suddenly, the scene changed; the air became close and confined; and he thought, with…show more content…
We get to know that Oliver’s mother was Agnes Fleming and that his father was Mr Leeford. They had an affair and Oliver was born. We also get to know that Rose and Agnes were sisters and thus, Rose is Oliver’s aunt. Then, the theme of Oliver’s identity is revealed and Mr Brownlow adopts him as a son. We get to know too how Bill Sikes knew about Nancy’s attempt to help Oliver and decides to kill her. Then, he flees London, as he fears he can be captured and sent to prison. He then experiences a kind of hallucination when he sees Nancy’s eyes everywhere, as a symbol of his fear of being accused as the culprit of the murder. He then accidentally kills himself with a rope. Moreover, the Artful Dodger has been captured and Fagin has been sentenced to death. It seems that all criminal and vicious characters in the story are now paying for all the injustices they have

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