This novel is all about mistaken identities, changed names, etc. Many characters don't know where their parents are, or even who their parents are. Names are supposed to be society’s main marker for identity – the way everyone around you knows you – and, in Oliver Twist, Oliver’s name is thrust on him almost arbitrarily (or not…) by Mr. Bumble. The result is a weird disconnect between the way Oliver sees himself, and the way the world around him views him. Which is the real Oliver? The innocent boy or the hardened criminal?
Oliver’s face is an important marker of his identity in Oliver Twist: whenever he is misrepresented or misunderstood, the angelic innocence of his face stands out to acquit him to anyone who is capable of seeing it.
Oliver’s face is an important marker of his identity in Oliver Twist. His striking resemblance both to his mother’s portrait and to his father is what enables Mr. Brownlow and Monks to identify him as the son of Edward Leeford and Agnes Fleming.