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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist


by Charles Dickens


Character Role Analysis

The Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist

The Artful Dodger shows what Oliver could potentially become, if Monks and Fagin are successful in corrupting him: old before his time, and a hardened criminal by age twelve. Even though the Dodger isn’t really a bad guy—he’s just there for comic relief, really, and wouldn’t actually hurt anyone—he represents a scary possible outcome for Oliver.