Dickens uses many characters as symbols in Oliver Twist. List two such characters and what each represents. How does each character's actions and motives reinforce that symbol? Use relevant and specific examples from the novel to support your answer.
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Rose symbolizes virtue. The rose, itself is used as a symbol of virtue in Christianity. In the novel, Rose is compassionate. She welcomes Oliver from the start and forgives him immediately for his transgression. She is the epitome of love and compassion.
Mr. Bumble, he bumbles everything. His intentions are laced with deceit and almost always thwarted. His name and his character symbolize both greed and folly.
The Artful Dodger dodges the police. To me, he represents or symbolizes children everywhere who've been taken advantage of because of their circumstances.
Fagin represents greed.
Nancy represents lost innocence.
Bill represents the hardened criminal.