David Copperfield

criticaly analysis how david develops in his supres society

criticaly analysis how david develops in his supres society and how the author presented it

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David Copperfield begins in the following way, “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else these pages must show.” It is here that you find the way in which the story is presented. David is not just a character in the story, nor is he simply the narrator. Copperfield in essence is the author of the novel, and his purpose in writing is find out exactly who he is and how he can become the man he's destined to be. Therefore, through his authorship (this is also considered to be at times an autobiographical work on Dicken's life), he uses all of the memories he's held close, the things that have shaped his personality, and the things he's observed to embark on a journey of self-realization.

David was able to develop in what you consider a supressed society because of the strength of his mother. Dicken's novels often use the child/ parent theme, and Dicken's himself revered his mother for her strength of character. Copperfield lost his father at a young age, but his early years were happy as he was ensconced within his mother's family. It wasn't until she married that things began to go wrong. His new father was a sadist, and if that weren't bad enough his stepfather's sister moved in and behaved the same way.

David is mercilously beaten; his mother loses her vitality and happy countenance. Throughout the novel David is put upon and held down. He develops through sheer strength of will and the influences of "goodness" that do surround him, although those good things are usually far from the forefront of his everyday existence.


David Copperfield