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A Book Report On "David Copperfield" By Dickens

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The novel David Copperfield, written by Charles Dickens, deals with the life and timesof David Copperfield. About a century ago in a small town in England, David was bornon a Friday at the stroke of midnight, which is considered a sign of bad luck. David'sfather has already died and his aunt comes to stay with him and his mother as this novelgets off to a very slow start. Soon David becomes aware that his mother has relationswith another man and asks one of his servants, 'if you marry a person, and the persondies, why then you may marry another person, mayn't you?' David is immediatelyangered that his mother has betrayed his father and goes off to live with his aunt. Awhile later, David goes back home but quickly gets into trouble and is sent off to school.Dickens uses excellent description in his telling of this story and the reader caneasily relate to the characters. The setting of a small town in England is standard in allof his novels, including Great Expectations. The reason for this Dickens' setting isbecause he was born in the town of Portsmouth, England in 1812. Although as a youngchild he moved to Chatham where he experienced a pleasant childhood in which manyscenes from his childhood are intertwined throughout his novels. Dickens father wasconstantly in debt and was eventually sent to jail. This memory was agonizing for youngCharles as years later he wrote: 'No words can express the secret agony of my soul. Ifelt my early hopes of growing up to be a learned and distinguished man, crushed in mybreast.' This directly relates to Dickens discussion of David in a wine house later in thenovel. A couple of years later, Dickens attends school at the Wellington HouseAcademy where he fell in love with Maria Beadnell but her father opposed the marriageand nothing became of it. David Copperfield is more of a biography of Dickens life madeinto fiction than of just a regular story about a boy. Dickens writing skills are apparent ashe ties chapters together in an easy to understand novel where the writing seems tomove along swiftly. Dickens work is rich with metaphors and enjoyable to analyze as instatements such as, 'he eats at one gulp exactly like an elephant.' This book is aclassic and may be considered his best work. There are times when the novel movesslowly, but the positives outweigh the negatives and David Copperfield is a book foreveryone.That summer after returning from school he finds his new baby brother, anddoesn't exactly know what to think of the situation. He soon must leave again for schoolbut is actually happy for his mother. He and his mother did not get along, and Davidknew that he would never see her again. She dies soon afterward, and although theydid not get along, David takes...

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