The Character of Fagin in Oliver Twist Essay

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The Character of Fagin in Oliver Twist

Fagin is the ringleader of a small group of thieves and pickpockets, and is introduced in the novel when the Artful Dodger aids Oliver, when he escapes to the city, and introduces him to Fagin.

Fagin seems to have quite a responsible attitude towards his band, being the leader. He possesses a very charismatic manner and uses terms of endearment (e.g. "my dear") towards everyone. However, he is not a person to anger, as he is also shown to have an intense rage when he is betrayed by Nancy.

The reader's first impression come from chapter 7, where Oliver accompanies the Artful Dodger into a murky and run-down house, where the Dodger presents Oliver to
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When Dickens says, "The mud lay thick…a black mist hung over the streets…everything felt cold and clammy to the touch", he states that this is the perfect environment for a villain such as Fagin. The description portrays Fagin as being a shady and gritty character, which he is. The depiction of iciness and dampness can also be associated with reptiles, as that is how they would be described from a person's perspective.

To expand on this point, Dickens used an extended metaphor in this paragraph, relating Fagin's movements and mannerisms to that of a snake. This is because a snake or reptile is considered to be a slimy and slippery character. For example, he says that he "glided stealthily" and was "creeping beneath the shelter of the walls and doorways".

In chapter 35, Dickens again uses language to portray a very evil character for Fagin. At first, he creates an atmosphere where the time of night is totally silent and muted, where even the most boisterous characters are asleep, as stated when he says, "profligacy and riot have staggered home to dream". This gives the reader a sense of eeriness. Dickens then satisfies this eerie feeling by giving a grotesque description of Fagin as he pondered with great rage within him, while simultaneously associating him with varying things of evil, for example, a "hideous phantom, moist from the grave, and worried by an evil

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