"A touch of women's tenderness" -- Dickens's use of Shakespeare's Othello and Nancy's Narrative of Redemption in Oliver TwistPublic
This project, a culmination of academic research and cultural investigations in London, consists of pieces on works by Shakespeare and Dickens and an extended analysis of Nancy from Oliver Twist. I argue that Dickens's Nancy is a common woman's Desdemona, and through her the reader experiences a compelling narrative of redemption, making her more tragic than the idealized Desdemona. Nancy's realism as a London prostitute and her awareness of her own doom create a modern rendition of Shakespeare's classic drama.
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