Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist: Character Analysis & Overview

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  • 0:00 Introducing Mr. Bumble
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Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Mr. Bumble is minor character in Dickens' ''Oliver Twist'', but he plays a major role in Oliver's life and development. Learn more about the character Mr. Bumble in this lesson.

Introducing Mr. Bumble

Oliver Twist is one of the most popular novels written by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of the life of a young orphan Oliver and his experiences throughout his difficult life. The story speaks to a number of social injustices, which were a part of European society during the 1800s. Stark class differences, for example, played a major role in the lives of individuals living in and around London in the 1800s. Middle class and wealthy individuals viewed themselves as superior and looked down on people who were financially less fortunate.

Mr. Bumble is one of the minor characters in Oliver Twist, but he plays a major role. Mr. Bumble is a prideful man who sternly rules over the orphans and paupers in his town. He is a part of middle class society until he and his wife experience a number of losses in their lives. After he and his wife experience financial difficulty, Mr. Bumble finds himself living in the same place he once worked: among the poor.

Character Analysis

Mr. Bumble is a part of middle class society and works as a beadle in a small town. A beadle is a church official. Mr. Bumble presents himself in a positive way. However, he often engages in a number of activities, which bring into question his sincerity. Mr. Bumble is responsible for managing several charitable organizations, which places him in a position of power. He enjoys the power he receives as a church official and manages others in an authoritative way.

One would think that Mr. Bumble is a good man. However, his behavior towards others is often negative. He's not sympathetic towards others less fortunate than him and beats the paupers and orphans he's responsible for managing.

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