David Copperfield Book Report

Before her death, Murdstone sends David to Salem House, a school presided over by a master as cruel as Murdstone himself.

It is here, however, that David meets two lifelong friends, James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles.

A couple of years later, Dickens attends school at the Wellington House Academy where he fell in love with Maria Beadnell but her father opposed the marriage and nothing became of it.

David Copperfield is more of a biography of Dickens’ life made into fiction than of just a regular story about a boy.

This memory was agonizing for young Charles as years later he wrote: “No words can express the secret agony of my soul.

I felt my early hopes of growing up to be a learned and distinguished man, crushed in my breast.” This directly relates to Dickens discussion of David in a wine house later in the novel.Dickens’ writing skills are apparent as he puts together in an easy to understand novel where the writing seems to move along swiftly.Dickens’ work is rich with metaphors and enjoyable to analyze as in statements such as, “He eats at one gulp exactly like an elephant.” This book is a classic and may be considered his best work.She dies soon afterward, and although they did not get along, David takes her death with much grief and sadness.Soon David sets off to Miss Betsey’s house, an old friend, and again Dickens’ description is brought out as David is described as being, “a dusty, sunburnt, half-clothed figure.”The novel is gradually picks up flavor and humor as David’s aunt, Miss Trotwood, is described.With his wife dead, Murdstone, who hates David, sends him to his business in London. David runs away from the hated warehouse and becomes the ward of his great-aunt Betsy Trotwood, who sends him to school in Canterbury, a vast improvement over Salem House.Here he lodges with the Wickfields and is attracted to Agnes Wickfield, but dislikes Uriah Heep, her father's obsequious clerk. Spenlow and falls in love and marries his daughter Dora.The setting of a small town in England is standard in all of his novels, including Great Expectations.The reason for this repeated setting is because Dickens was born in the town of Portsmouth, England in 1812.The book is an expert blend of fiction and autobiography.While Dickens was not an orphan, he felt abandoned by his parents during the harsh experiences of his early years.


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