Dickens is purposely circumspect about their occupation, although in the first edition he writes in the introduction that 'Nancy is a prostitute ( Olver Twist).
Takes virtue itself to market' (Acton,.5).Nancys love for Sikes exemplifies the moral ambiguity of her character.M, (December 31, 1969).Many contemporaries may have recognised the portrait of Nancy, driven into prostitution by poverty but retaining her essential feminine compassion.The two are quite clearly prostitutes from their description.Child labor played an important role in the Industrial Revolution.' (Oliver Twist,.306)."Oliver Twist The Industrial Revolution.".Acton blames the fall in wages for the rise in prostitution, 'the wages of working men, wherever they compete with female labour, are lowered by the flood of cheap and agile hands, until marriage and a family are an almost impossible e famished worker.They were sold door to door to the right buyer.Oliver Twist The Industrial Revolution.Many children worked 16-hour days under atrocious conditions, as did their parents.Some parents sent their kids to work because they did not have enough money to support the family.She is immersed in the vices condemned by her society, but she also commits perhaps the most noble act in the novel when she sacrifices her own life in order to protect Oliver.
Her ultimate choice to do good at a great personal cost is a strong argument in favor of the incorruptibility of basic goodness, no matter how many environmental obstacles it may face.
Nancy herself tells how unusual this is, ' "Lady cried the girl, sinking on her knees, "dear, sweet, angel lady, you are the first that ever blessed me with such words as these (Oliver Twist,.305).
As Nancy tells Rose Maylie, 'When such as I, who have no certain roof but the coffin-lid, and no friend in sickness or death but the hospital nurse.By showing Nancy as having a generous nature and a natural sense of justice Dickens encourages us to acknowledge her goodness.MegaEssays, "Oliver Twist The Industrial Revolution.More and more machines were beings built in factories and with that, the companies needed cheap labor.William Acton in 1870, in Prostitution, considered in its Moral, Social plan cul bar sur aube and Sanitary Aspects, recommended studying the, 'habits, the wants, the tendencies and the careers of these women' (Acton,.3).In his Household Words article Dickens shows his sympathy for the poverty stricken young girls he met, they are described as, 'ill-treated 'deceived 'afraid 'ashamed' and 'abandoned' (Dickens Connection,.Manners indicates that she is a prostitute.The idea that prostitution may have an economic root was less popular than the idea of seduction or degeneracy but was gaining ground due to writers such as Mayhew and Acton who were more inclined to listen to the views of the working women themselves.We can see in his reports of the young women of Urania Cottage the compassion he has for Nancy.They wore a good deal of hair, not very neatly turned up behind, and were rather untidy about the shoes and stockings.
In 1860, perhaps only half a children in London who actually had any schooling.
The narrators reference to her free and agreeable.
Oliver Twist, morality and nobility are black-and-white issues, but Nancys character suggests that the boundary between virtue and vice is not always clearly drawn.
If there were no work available at the factory kids would just go back to the farm, or others would end up going on the streets and becoming prostitutes.