David Copperfield by Charles Dickens



The book follows David Copperfield's life from his infancy to his mature adulthood, when he is married and well-versed in life's vicissitudes. His early years are spent with his mother, who was widowed not long before he was born, and her servant, Peggotty. David's life is pleasant until his mother chooses to marry Mr. Murdstone; after that, David's life becomes miserable. He is quickly sent to a deplorable school, where he befriends James Steerforth, a fellow pupil. When David's mother dies, Mr. Murdstone takes him out of school and places him in a London warehouse.

David likes the company of the poor Micawber family with whom he stays, but his other companions and the job are unbearable, so he flees to his Aunt Betsey Trotwood in Dover, without money or property. Despite his severe appearance, Aunt Betsey looks after him, adopting him and sending him to an excellent school. He lives with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes while in school. (David maintains a sisterly love for Agnes throughout the book.) Following graduation, David joins the legal firm of Spenlow; Jorkins, where he quickly falls in love with Mr.

Dora, Spenlow's daughter. Around this time, Em'ly, the Peggottys' adored niece, marries Steerforth, whom David had introduced to her when she was betrothed to Ham, the Peggottys' nephew. This news saddens the family, but Mr. Peggotty sets out to locate her and bring her home. David devotes his free time to clerical and literary labor in order to assist Aunt Betsey, who has run out of money. He marries Dora only to discover that he has a "child-wife" who is clueless about housekeeping and refuses to take on any responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Uriah Heep, Mr. Wickfield's "umble" clerk, whom David despises, has deceitfully maneuvered his way into a partnership, helped by Mr. Wickfield's wine weakness. In addition, David learns that his old buddy Mr. Micawber has joined Heep's team. David has a soft spot for the Micawbers, and it bothers him that his old pal is working for a crook. Micawber, on the other hand, has a glorious moment when he exposes Heep as a fake, saving Mr. Wickfield and recovering part of Aunt Betsey's money.

David is disturbed when his wife, Dora, becomes sick and dies, and until Em'ly, the Peggottys' niece, returns to her uncle. For a long time, David has felt bad for introducing Em'ly to Steerforth. Em'ly, along with several of the Peggottys and the Micawbers, depart for Australia to start a new life once the reconciliation is completed. Before they depart, David sees a horrific shipwreck in which Steerforth and Ham are both murdered while trying to save him. David travels overseas for three years, still grieving over the death of his wife and other incidents.

After he returns, he learns that Agnes Wickfield has always been his true love, and their joyful marriage finally takes place. I'm not sure how I feel about the book. The first several minutes were tedious for me. David Copperfield is the least fascinating character in the book, and since the first half of it is nearly completely about him...well, let's just say it was difficult for me to get through. In reality, the novel doesn't truly take off until David's aunt loses her wealth, which occurs towards the midpoint of the narrative. After that, David and his pals quit fooling about and get down to business attempting to repair their messed-up lives.

Until then, it's a jumble of terrible love and financial decisions. Dickens' hero is rather preachy and moralistic, and this book's tone reflects that. There are a few amusing parts, but not many, and the pacing is inconsistent. Dickens is obliged to pick up the pace in the last 200 pages or so, and it's a strange sensation when a plodding book suddenly hurtles towards the conclusion. Dickens ends up murdering one key character, shipping a large number of people to Australia, and imprisoning a few others in the process!

So, I didn't like for David Copperfield (the hero), and I wouldn't have enjoyed the novel if it hadn't been for the intriguing supporting characters. There's Agnes, David's nice and wise childhood friend who is in love with him, Dora, David's foolish wife, Micawbers, the wicked albino Uriah Heep, the emotional and kind Mr. Peggotty, David's aunt, the powerful, feminist Betsey Trotwood... There are a lot of individuals to keep track of... But it was still a lot of fun. Charles Dickens was a British author who lived in the nineteenth century Charles Dickens is well-known for his significant contribution to English literature.

He was the epitome of Victorian literature. His epic tales, colorful characters, and thorough portrayal of current life are memorable. His personal journey from poverty to riches is inspiring. He was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. His father, the basis for the character of Mr Micawber in 'David Copperfield,' was imprisoned for bad debt, so his good fortune of being sent to school at the age of nine was short-lived. With the exception of Charles, the whole family was transported to Marshalsea, along with their father.

Charles was sent to Warren's blacking plant, where he suffered terrible working conditions as well as loneliness and misery. He was returned to school after three years, but the experience stayed with him and was fictionalized in two of his best-known books, 'David Copperfield' and 'Great Expectations.' He started his writing career as a journalist, as did many others. Charles started his career as a reporter with the newspapers 'The Mirror of Parliament' and 'The True Sun.' Then, in 1833, he joined The Morning Chronicle as a legislative journalist.

He was able to publish a series of drawings under the alias 'Boz' thanks to new connections in the press. He married Catherine Hogarth in April 1836, the daughter of George Hogarth, the editor of 'Sketches by Boz.' The extremely popular 'Pickwick Papers' was published within the same month, and Dickens never looked back from that point on. He authored memoirs, edited weekly magazines such as 'Household Words' and 'All Year Round,' wrote travel books, and managed charity organizations in addition to a long list of novels.

He was also a theatrical buff, writing plays and performing in front of Queen Victoria in 1851. His energy was boundless, and he traveled extensively, giving speeches against slavery in the United States and visiting Italy with friends Augustus Egg and Wilkie Collins, a contemporaneous writer who inspired Dickens' last unfinished book, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood.' After the birth of their ten children, he divorced his wife in 1858, but continued a relationship with his mistress, actress Ellen Ternan. In 1870, he died after a stroke. He was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey.

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