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Oliver Twist Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Is this novel potentially dangerous to readers’ morals? Why did some contemporary critics think so?
  2. Why isn’t Fagin able to corrupt Oliver?
  3. Why do both of the "fallen women" of the novel (Nancy and Agnes) die before the end of the novel?
  4. Does the novel create sympathy for the members of Fagin’s gang at any point?
  5. How would the novel be different if Oliver were a girl?
  6. In the Bayton episode, the dead woman’s mother repeats, "it’s as good as a play" (5.71). What is the role of performance and theatricality in Oliver Twist?
  7. How do Cruikshank’s illustrations add to, interact with, or detract from the meaning of the text itself? (If your edition doesn’t include the illustrations, you can check them out here).

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