How are the young David and Cassie presented as victims in the novels
'David Copperfield' and 'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry'
'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry' is a story about an African American
girl growing up in a racist community in Mississippi during the
1930's. It shows her family as they struggle to survive in the racist
community, try to keep their land and survive on the little money they
get because of the fall in cotton prices due to the economic
depression. David Copperfield on the other hand is about a boy growing
up in a mid-Victorian world. With his family dieing around him,
nowhere to live and people constantly taking advantage of him, David
also has a hard time growing up. In Roll of thunder we see the whole
story through the eyes of Cassie and how life is for her. Whilst in
David Copperfield the story is told by David so we only see how he
thought it happened. In this essay I am going to compare the way in
which these two young people are treated as victims and whether their
characters influence people to treat them inadequately.
At home David has memories of a happy childhood, until his mother
Clara remarries to a man called Mr Murdstone who victimised him. In
the early days of David's existence he describes his life as being
picture perfect. 'my mother and I and Peggoty-for Peggoty is quite our
companion my mother reads to Peggoty and me there is nothing half as
green as that grass' David loved his childhood he remembers
everything to be idealistic which reminds us that the story is from
David's point of view and may not be exactly how it was really. We can
tell that he cherishes the time when it was only he Clara and Peggoty
because of the emotive language used by the author. When Mr Murdstone
marries his mother this all changes. Mr Murdstone beat David. 'He beat
me then as he would have beaten me to death' David is obviously very
scared of his stepfather and is badly hurt by him. Mr Murdstone also
locked David in his room for days on end abusing him mentally as well
as physically. Mr Murdstone scared Clara and so she rarely showed her
love and support towards David. Mr Murdstone was the first male
influence in his life, which made him loose confidence in men sue to
this victimisation and feet safer in the company of women.
Although Cassie wasn't victimised within the family, the family on a
whole were victimised but they always stuck together. Alternatively to
David, Cassie received a lot of love and support from her family.
Family and land were very important to them. When Harland Granger
attempted to take their land away from them they didn't give up 'it
was simply Logan Landâ€¦but always the taxes and mortgages would be
paid' The family would stick together no matter what people threw at
them, Cassie received masses of love and support from them which
helped her while growing up.
David is also victimised at school. The head teacher Mr Creakle also
abused David mentally by -on...