Not-So-Great Expectations

As simplistic and politically impartial as Victorian novels and their common familial themes of love and companionship may seem, there is customarily a greater sociopolitical concern inserted within the narrative for the reader of the time to have registered. Paul Thomas Murphy expresses this in Toward a Working Class Canon: Literary Criticism in British Working-class … Read moreNot-So-Great Expectations

Two Different Portrayals of Orphans in Dickens

Victorian literature is over-populated with orphans. The Bronte sisters, Trollope, George Elliot, Thackeray and Gaskell all positioned orphans as leading characters in their novels. This trend continued into the Edwardian period, as Frances Hodgson Burnett created the orphaned protagonists Colin, Mary, and Sara. While it can be argued that the use of orphans reflects the … Read moreTwo Different Portrayals of Orphans in Dickens

Discipline In Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield”

In “David Copperfield”, Charles Dickens reveals that discipline is like a weapon: those who misuse it are cruel, unjust, and a danger to everyone around them, while those who fail to use it at all endanger themselves and lower their defenses. Only those who use discipline properly can mature and live contentedly in this world. … Read moreDiscipline In Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield”

David Copperfield as the Bildungsroman Reflecting the Victorian Values

Created in the Victorian epoch, Charles Dickens’s novel David Copperfield is one of his most famous masterpieces scrutinizing how a person transits from childhood to adulthood. On the example of the protagonist, the author explores different stages of growing up and the challenges that each of them brings. Various situations and social contexts are pictured, … Read moreDavid Copperfield as the Bildungsroman Reflecting the Victorian Values

Autobiographical elements in Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield”

“David Copperfield” is an autobiographical novel, a family chronicle, which is written from a child’s viewpoint rather than an adult’s. As all things seem to be larger in the eyes of a kid, children tend to be more sensitive to what is happening around them. The writer recollects his past memories and gives us the … Read moreAutobiographical elements in Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield”