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Choose an important passage or event from the first 14 chapters of David Copperfield. Analyse the significance of that moment to the novel as a whole. You should write about themes or ideas that are relevant to earlier or later passages in the novel, The

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Introduction

Choose an important passage or event from the first 14 chapters of David Copperfield. Analyse the significance of that moment to the novel as a whole. You should write about themes or ideas that are relevant to earlier or later passages in the novel, The way the novel was written, published and read, Any clues Dickens provides about the future of the novel. When Mr. Murdstone arrived, David was clueless at what this dark mysterious man would bring to his life. This person friendliness was pleasant and kind towards David and his mother to start with, but David's seemed to sense something peculiar about his attitude which he shows us by using a naïve narrator. This lets us picture it through David's childish recollection instead of someone recalling the incidence from the past. Hence the reason he does not understand why he has this feelings towards this man and can not see it through an adults perspective.

Middle

This death In fact is the fate of Clara Copperfield, of which the Audience may believe was because of heart break and the cruelness of Mr. Murdstone and his equally wicked sister, but Dickens leaves this as an untold outcome maybe to add oddness to the novel to make it stand out from others and keep the readers interested so they would carry on reading the many instalments Dickens wrote for a magazine. Miss Murdstone sister to Mr. Murdstone arrives in a manner which sticks with her throughout the novel. The arrival of Miss Murdstone is told to us in the text that she is described by the naïve narrator, David as a dark and creepy person "brass nails, large steel purse, heavy chain" (pg no.) Miss Murdstone makes it more obvious that she doesn't like David "generally speaking...

Conclusion

This does not appeal to David as after biting Mr. Murdstone was the reason he ended up in school in the first place he decides to run away. Thirdly is his journey and meeting his only family member left, Aunt Betsey Trotwood, who he has never met before because Aunt Betsey wanted Clara to have a Girl. Aunt Betsey gives him a new way of life and with only one interference with the Murdstones he is sent to a nice school and is cared for properly. Although the Murdstones turned his life around, if it hadn't been for them he would of never found his dream of writing. This his found out when coming across his Fathers books when Mr. Murdstone locked him in a room. Therefore I conclude that even though David Copperfield had many upsetting times throughout his life, he finally reached his goal in the end of having a happy life with a wife, children and his books. By Danielle Hunt 10i/10r English Coursework - David Copperfield

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