Oliver Twist

Character Development

What is an example of strong character development that took place in the novel?

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Let's consider the protagonist Oliver Twist. Oliver is a young, good-hearted, and kind--but often mistreated--orphan who is raised in a workhouse, and finds himself indentured to an undertaker, living with thieves, and eventually taken in by the kind Mr. Brownlow and Mrs. Maylie. His generosity of spirit is total, and even when faced with serious maltreatment, he never loses his sense of morality or kindness. Oliver becomes used to a life of crime but somehow develops into a more mature version of his childhood self. He retains the warmth and kindness that is his general disposition.