GCSE: David Copperfield essays
Meet the team of inpirational teachers who mark our essays
23 GCSE David Copperfield essays
The other actors on stage also treat him like a child and talk to him in a different tone than they would to someone closer to their own age. Another well played role was that of Uriah Heap. From the moment he took his place on stage (even before he started to speak) you could begin to recognise that he was villainous, one of the traits I found particularly effective was how he had his hands up by his chest for a considerable amount of time.
- Length: 913 words
Before the arrival of the Murdstones into the novel, David is home-taught by his mother Clara. He is a very bright and, confident and fluent reader and how Dickens writes this section about his home-teaching tells us of his capability at the start of the novel. Dickens also shows that David is content with his education at this point, as he is keen to learn. In the second chapter Dickens uses a clever technique to represent how David's character is so imaginative and intelligent. There is a part in the novel where David is sat on Pegotty's knee reading a book about crocodiles to her.
- Length: 2590 words
David isn't "stupid" but the very strict ways of teaching make him feel this way. Dickens encourages the reader to feel that if the Murdstones were softer and not so strict in their education of David, the results would be much better. Dickens uses Uriah Heep to stress the importance of education for life. From the education he receives at the Charity School, he is taught no other way to advance in life besides being devious and deceitful. In later life this proves to be true when he tries to steal a business from someone who has only been loyal to him.
- Length: 775 words
He also puts exclamation to good use. Another technique used by Dickens is that he prolongs the tense parts. Since we want to know what's going on, we keep reading. When David's asks Pegotty what's going on she doesn't answer the question but hesitates and plays for time. After eluding the question for so long, Pegotty breaks it out, ' ''You got a Pa.'' ' This is another good technique because we keep reading to know the truth then it just hits us in the face. It's like blowing air into a bubble and it suddenly bursts. ' ''A new one'', said Pegotty.
- Length: 3100 words
All of this, I imagine, he wanted to bring to the attention of his readers. Poor young David Copperfield grew up with no shadow figure to give him guidance into life. All this young boy had was a, "white gravestone in the churchyard" which is the remains of his kind-hearted father who sadly left before David entered the world. Although he had no second parent to look up to, never for a moment was David bitter or angry that he was left. We can sense melancholy in his feeling or sadness and despair. As Mr Murdstone begins to welcome himself into David's life, he soon realises that the only Father he wants is his own blood Father, who would have cared and nurtured him until his dying day.
- Length: 2272 words
"Scraps of old copy-books and exercises litter the dirty floor." This shows the school has begun to grow dust and no-one has cleaned it. By the sound of David's impressions, the school seems musky and shaggy. Furthermore, David beings to dislike the school even more because he has his ear twigged by the cruel conspicuous head teacher. Additionally, David is then made to carry a placard on his back which humiliates him. He gets bullied for that. "Suddenly, I came to a pasteboard placard, beautifully written, which was lying on the desk, and bore these words: "Take care of him: He bites" we feel sorry for David at this point because David is seen as young, naïve and innocent.
- Length: 687 words
From the entire trauma he went through, he decided to express his pain through his words. The education system was extremely poor. Only children with working parents would be educated, whereas poorer children would have to work. In the novel 'Hard Times', the education system was firm, harsh and stern; 'Quadruped. Graminivorous...Age known by marks in mouth.' This straight-to-the-point definition of a horse suggests that the teacher spoon-feeds the young, tender, innocent children with useless facts. The word 'Graminivorous' highlights that these children are being turned into adults mentally because he 'fed' the innocent children with facts that adults will normally know.
- Length: 2048 words
While he published several sketches in magazines, it was not until he wrote The Pickwick Papers from 1836-7 that he experienced true success. A publishing phenomenon, The Pickwick Papers was published in monthly installments and sold over forty thousand copies for each issue. The year 1836 also saw his marriage to a Catherine Hogarth, who was the daughter of a fellow co-worker at the newspaper. Their marriage was not a happy one, but the two would have ten children together before their separation in 1858.
- Length: 737 words
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
David was sent away to live Peggoty and her family for a few weeks and he believed it was just for a nice holiday away from home, little did he know that while he was away, Clara and Mr. Murdstone were getting married. When David arrived home Peggoty came out to welcome him back. She then mention that he had a new father "...a new pa" (line pg ) David was confused and looked towards the graveyard at which his dead father lay, Peggoty then corrected him and told him of the marriage between Clara and Mr.
- Length: 782 words
Clara also teaches Alba to use her clairvoyance to her advantage, a characteristic that Clara also possesses. Ironically, at the end of the novel, Clara dies, at a time when Alba is most capable of taking over Clara's duties. Although Clara and Alba are different individuals, they are quite the same in many aspects. Clara possesses the power of being clairvoyant. She can see the future and also can move things with her mind. When Alba is young, Clara notices the same traits in her. Clara teachers her and nourishes Alba's powers. When Clara was young, Nana, her grandmother, did the same for Clara as she is doing for Alba.
- Length: 804 words
His frightening character is enough to keep his pupils in order. "I don't expect you will understand the beauty of the softly, simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate powers of liquids...I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death - if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach" - this shows Snape as patronising, not caring about his pupil's feelings and lacking respect. On the other hand, Mr Creakle is very physical towards his pupils. "At every question he gave me a fleshy cut with it that made me writhe" - this shows that Mr Creakle believes that discipline is the only way to keep the children in order.
- Length: 603 words
When she began to see her old friends from school more, it becomes clear that Dora and Paul are not suited, as she returns late from a party. Paul's violence toward Dora threatens her and makes her feel scared and afraid of him, but from the first paragraph, we also know that Dora feels guilty about feeling afraid. 'Dora did not approve of her behaviour' is a key sentence within characterisation because it shows that although Dora does not approve of what she is doing, she does not stop herself because she does not want to.
- Length: 1085 words
the beginning of Angela's Ashes McCourt writes, "when I was four" so the reader knows that this is McCourt looking back to when he was four. Also McCourt is looking back on his life because he wrote. "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived it all". After the reader has read that sentence they know that the person writing the book is talking about there past. The reader is reading about McCourts memories. Because they are memories we can not be entirely sure that it is completely reliable because memories aren't a 100% they are just vaig memories especially when you are four years old.
- Length: 1321 words
"But the greatest wonder that I heard of Mr Creakle was, there being one boy in the school on whom he never ventured to lay a hand, and that boy being J. Steerforth." This shows us that Mr. Creakle is not actually as powerful as he may think but only hits these children as a way of making himself feel more powerful. Mr Creakle is a sadist in some ways. You get the feeling that while he is torturing and tormenting these boys he is enjoying it, the fact that he has to make young boys feel bad by demeaning
- Length: 2223 words
The quote is quite complicated but uses 3 various sections all showing how much David Copperfield dreaded the lessons that Miss Murdstone gave him. In Charles Dickens work it is usually the children who gain sympathy. Charles Dickens does this in quite a few ways. Through exaggeration of a characters description. This technique he uses and sometimes makes you feel hatred or even anger against a character or even a group of characters. I have read one book where I found the above technique was being used and to a great extent, it was in 'Great Expectations', there is a section where Pip is having Christmas with the Mr Joe, Mr & Mrs Wopsle and Uncle Pumblechook.
- Length: 1216 words
His schooling was again interrupted and ended when Dickens was forced to return to work at age 15. He found employment and became a clerk in a law firm, then a shorthand reporter in the courts, and finally a parliamentary and newspaper reporter. His brief stint at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life. He spoke of it only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster, but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and betrayal most notably was in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.
- Length: 949 words
You can easily work out the mood, which is established in the book by the way the sentences are structured, and how words are put together. In the film version it is far easier to identify the mood because music is used. When it came to a serious part such as when Mr Murdstone was speaking to David Copperfield (which is always in a harsh way) low noted, serious music was used which gives you a clear indication of what is going on.
- Length: 1129 words
'In "David Copperfield" Dickens introduces us to a rich array of characters whose adventures enhance our understanding of Victorian life', discuss.
They are portrayed as best friends while they "play together in the winter highlight and dance about the parlour" and this can be understood, as any love Clara had for her late husband Mr Copperfield, is entirely focussed upon David and therefore their relationship is extremely strong for a mother and son to have in Victorian times. However this begins to change when Mr Murdstone is introduced. David immediately becomes jealous that his mother becomes focussed on Mr Murdstone and also because his mother is being treated in a way, that he believed only he could treat his mother" When Clara and Mr Murdstone marry the novel introduces the aspect of Marriage in Victorian Life.
- Length: 1451 words
In my view Trevor had used this format, because he wanted the reader to be familiar with his characters, whilst reading. In comparing the writings of Trevor and Dickens it is obvious that they both have different styles of writing. For example, Dickens wrote in a lofty way, 'The frilling and trimmings on her bridal dress, looking like earthy paper', this quote had been described in a highly descriptive way. Whereas Trevor wrote in an anecdotal way, 'Their own two marriages, eleven and nine years ago, had been consecrated by father Hogan in the church of Immaculate Conception and celebrated afterwards in this same lounge-bar'.
- Length: 1602 words
What impression does Charles Dickens create of the Murdstones? What techniques does he employ to create this impression?
Shallow black eye...an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into" This just shows the wretched character he is. As much as I hate the character, I noticed that Dickens have put a touch of gentleness to the character of Mr.Murdstone. This is stated when David notices his 'handsomer' side. "...In spite of my misgivings, a very handsome man." I think this description is very cleverly done. It makes the character more real and life like so we can relate to.
- Length: 1148 words
Dickens would go on to write 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles before his death on June 9, 1870. The inscription on his tombstone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey reads: "He was a sympathiser to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world". English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens's works are charactericized by attacks on social evils, unjustice, and hypocrisy.
- Length: 1001 words
At the same point the book again quotes "ill omen, black eyes" David glances quickly at Mr. Murdstone and immediately is attracted to his large, dull, lifeless black eyes, which have negative implications because the eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. However, only David can see this and Clara doesn't she thinks Mr. Murdstone is a kind and caring man. At first Mr. Murdstone is a kind person but he is pretending, somehow only David can see straight through this act and see the real Mr. Murdstone when he first meets David. However, this act is short-lived and soon he is trying to separate David and Clara, this is shown when David is told he has a new father, David is extremely disappointed with his mother's decision to marry Mr.
- Length: 1541 words
Compare the two short stories, 'The Signal Man' by Dickens and 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl.
What point do you think the author wanted to make? Are the two stories similar? Characters Describe the main characters in each story. Find one or two quotations which show what they are like. Are any of them alike? Which characters do you like\dislike. Give reasons. Do you find any of the character particularly believable or unrealistic. Say why. Style What is typical of each authors' style of language...this means; Do they use lots of description?(simile,metaphors?) Do they use a lot of direct speech, no direct speech or a mixture of direct and reported speech.
- Length: 2250 words