Nancy and Dickens

Later on in the chapter Nancy goes to see Rose and tell her about Oliver and she is the first person to show Nancy compassion, Rose is 20 years old and is someone who Nancy can trust. Rose is offering Nancy safety. Nancy sticks up for Sikes and states that she can’t leave Sikes even after what he has done: “because among the men I have told you of, there is one: the most desperate among them all: that I can’t leave; no, not even to be saved from the life I am lending now.” She is in love with Sikes and can never leave him alone.

She will stick by Sikes forever loyal and never desert him. She also states that Rose is the first ever person who has been nice to Nancy and Dickens builds up sympathy for Nancy by doing this: “… you are the first that ever blessed me with such words as these,… I cannot leave him now! I would not be his death.” She says here that the person who she’s loved is hers forever and she cannot be his death and that is she tells someone then he will be executed. Also she says that she will stick with him and: “I believe, if I knew that I was to die by his hand at last” Nancy has a feeling that something terrible is going to happen: “but I have such a fear and dread upon me to-night that I can hardly stand”.

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She then talks about her premonition of her own death which build up tension also suspense: “Horrible thoughts of death, and shrouds with blood upon them, and a fear that has made me burn as if I was on fire, have been upon me all day. I was reading a book to-night, to wile the time away, and the same things came into the print… I’ll swear I saw “coffin” written in every page of the book in large black letters.”

Nancy has read a book and someone is murdered init, Victorians like horror stories and so Dickens puts this in that Nancy also read a horror story, words “coffin” keeps coming up which is a premonition of her death. She refuses to go with them because of Sikes and she states that eventually she will end up dying. Rose wishes to give something to Nancy. Rose offers her purse and Nancy refuses money. She then takes the handkerchief and this is the one which Nancy uses to tell Sikes to stop murdering her in “Fatal Consequences.”

Nancy is a victim of poverty because to survive she had to become a child prostitute, this is why the audience feels sorry for Nancy because all her money is taken by Sikes and he spends it on drinking. Sikes is the Victorian villain in this novel and he is a very violent and emotionless man. There was a huge difference between rich and poor and Dickens wanted readers to feel and also learn that there should be no difference because we are all human beings, this is what J.B. Priestley did when he wrote ” An Inspector calls. “Fatal Consequences” is a melodramatic scene. Fagin tells Sikes not to be too violent.

“You won’t be-too-violent, Bill?” Here Dickens uses dashes for emphasis and also the main word which tells the audience about Bill is ” Violent” These is a adjective and it builds up tension. Fagin wants Bill to hurt Nancy but not to kill her because of the consequences they will face. Both Fagin and Sikes are furious and wants to hurt Nancy we find this out here: “….fire in the eyes of both,” This is imagery which has an great impact on the audience. It tells us they are consumed with rage. Fagin then says to Sikes: “not too violent for safety. Be crafty, Bill, and not too bold” He is saying to Sikes to be careful, clear and crafty. Sikes does not reply which make him sinister. Sikes “dashed” out “into the silent streets.” The word “dashed shows Sikes anger and that he went quickly. This is a very emphatic word. “Silent streets” has a use of alliteration.

” Without one pause, or moments consideration: without once turning his head to the right or left, or raising his eyes to the sky, or lowering them to the ground, but looking straight before him with savage resolution: his teeth so tightly compressed that the strained jaw seemed starting through his skin: the robber held on his headlong course, not muttered a word, nor relaxed a muscle. Until he reached his owndoor. He opened it, softly, with a key…”

All these lines have semi-colons which add emphasis. Also repetition is used to add emphasis. Sikes doesn’t look anywhere but just looks straight and is focused on one thing which is anger against Nancy. This builds up tension and also makes us want to read on more “Without one pause nor moments considerations” This shows us Sikes anger, “Savage resolution.” Shows us how wild he is and furious and anxious to do something to Nancy.

“…his teeth so tightly compressed that the strained jaw seemed starting through his skin” This shows rage anger and so angry that his bones seem to be coming out. “…nor relaxed a muscle” This shows us that he is very tensed. “He opened it, softly, with a key; strode lightly up the stairs,” Dickens has done this to build up tension. He then “..double latched the door and lifting a heavy table against it” This is so she cannot come out of the room. The words softly and lightly are adverbs. Dickens also calls Nancy “the girl” which makes her more vulnerable and smaller, also makes her feel weaker and innocent, which makes Sikes big.

“… she raised herself with a hurried and startled look” She gets up because of the noise and doesn’t know that he is here to kill her. “Get up!” Dickens uses explanation marks to make it look aloud. “…said the man.” The word man emphasises the difference between the weakness and strength. “It is you, Bill!” She is surprised and she is pleased to see him. “….with an expression of pleasure..” The words “Get up!” are repeated again. Because there was a candlestick burning he “hurled it under the grate..” He also stopped Nancy from undrawing the curtains. “Let it be…There’s light enough for what I’ve got to do. He thrusts his hand before her so he can kill her, no-one should see because he can be hanged if caught. Also Nancy will be getting scared and suspicious, and then she says:  “Bill…, why do you look like that at me!”

She asks this because she is scared. Now the tension really starts to build rapidly. “The robber sat regarding her, for a few seconds with dilated nostrils and heaving breast; and then, grasping her by the head and throat, dragged her into the middle of the room, and looking once towards the door, placed his heavy hand upon her mouth.” The first 2 lines above are flarry and are a sign of anger and also he is breathing hard. When he grabs her from the throat and drags her he is being physically violent and he doesn’t want her to scream. “Bill, Bill! Gasped the girl, wrestling with the strength of mortal” She is very, very scared. When she is “wrestling with the strength of mortal fear” she tries her best to fight him and has a fear of dying because of his strength against her. Dickens uses dashed again to emphasise the sentence because there are pauses it sounds to the reader that she is in deep pain, she is mumbling, gasping for breath and struggling to speak.

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