I have chosen to characterize Mr. Bumble from the extracts from “Oliver Twist” (1838)
Mr. Bumble is the beadle in Oliver’s native town.
“Oliver, who has been in care of Mrs. Mann, has turned nine years old and is, according to Mr. Bumble, now old enough to work in the Workhouse.“
Mr. Bumble is a man with power and he exploits it when he sends Oliver Twist to the workhouse when he turned nine years. He is a tyrant and does as he pleased. He is a cruel man who is careless when it comes to a nine year old child working in the Workhouse. Mr. Bumble knows that the workhouse isn’t a good place for children but he still force Oliver Twist to live there.
“Mrs. Mann ushered the beadle into a small parlour with a brick floor; placed a seat for him; and officiously deposited his cocked hat and cane on the table before him. Mr. Bumble wiped from his forehead the perspiration which his walk had engendered; glanced complacently at the cocked hat; and smiled. Yes, he smiled. Beadles are but men; and Mr. Bumble smiled.”
The cocked hat indicates a wealthy man and that type of hat is worn by military men in the 19th century . It is strangely why Mr. Bumble wears a cocked hat when he is “only” a beadle. He is very proud of his cocked hat and when he looks at it he smiles. You get the impression that Mr. Bumble is in bad shape when you read that he has a cane. And that is Confirmed when we read further down where it says that Mr. Bumble wipes off his forehead from perspiration which his walk had engendered.
“The beadle drew himself up with great pride, and said, ‘I invented it.’ ”
Mr. Bumble is a man with lot of confidence in himself. He thinks that his idea of the alphabetical name order is brilliant. He draws attention to himself and brags about what he is good at. He feels that he is better than other people even though he is a minor church official. Mr. Bumble is a beadle so you would think he is a good Christian but the way he acts isn’t...