How important are the women characters in the novel Oliver Twist?  Are women characters important in the novel, why or why not, and in what way? The answer must be from feministic point of view.

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Women serve quite an important role in Oliver Twist . The women in the novel typically serve as maternal figures for Oliver. Mrs. Mann is an anti-mother figure, selfish and abusive toward the orphans in her care. However, the other two significant female characters, Rose Maylie and Nancy, are positive...

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Women serve quite an important role in Oliver Twist. The women in the novel typically serve as maternal figures for Oliver. Mrs. Mann is an anti-mother figure, selfish and abusive toward the orphans in her care. However, the other two significant female characters, Rose Maylie and Nancy, are positive figures who want what's best for Oliver.

Rose Maylie is the less complicated of the two. She is presented as respectable and good, overall an uncomplicated portrait of feminine virtue. She is later revealed to be Oliver's maternal aunt, strengthening her motherly relationship to him.

Nancy is a more complicated character, a criminal with a heart of gold. Nancy is a prostitute and initially tries to thwart Oliver's escape from the underworld life; however, she comes around and eventually reveals Oliver's noble heritage to Brownlow so he won't be forced to live on the streets. Her compassion for Oliver is motivated by his innocence and her negative view of the trajectory her life has taken. She does not want him to end up like her. Nancy is killed by her lover Bill for her kindness toward Oliver. In this way, Nancy is ultimately a heroic character, taking an active role in Oliver's salvation from a criminal life.

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Women characters are very important in Oliver Twist, such as Mrs. Mann, Nancy and Rose.  Mrs. Mann represents the cruelty to and exploitation of poor orphans.  She is more of a caricature than a character, but her presence is intended to horrify readers and bring sympathy for Oliver.  Rose Maylie is a woman of good breeding and social class.  She is kind, gentle and supportive of Oliver.  She is not well-developed, but she serves as a representative of people who are kind to those in need, including orphans.

Nancy is one of the most significant characters in the book.  Nancy is a prostitute who befriends and pities Oliver.  She works against Bill and Fagin to reveal Oliver's parentage to Brownlow and save Oliver from a life of crime.  She also directly intervenes on Oliver's behalf, to save him from a beating and to attempt to prevent his kidnapping.  Nancy risks her life because she realizes that Oliver is better than the life he is leading, and she rescues him and returns to him his birthright- a life as a gentleman.

 

 

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