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How are the young David and Cassie presented as victims in the novels, 'David Copperfield' and 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'?

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English Coursework- How are the young David and Cassie presented as victims in the novels, 'David Copperfield' and 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'? My coursework is about the novels 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' and 'David Copperfield'. Both novels concentrate on the main character and the treatment they receive. 'David Copperfield' was written in 1850 and 'Roll of Thunder...' was written in 1977. The narrator in 'David Copperfield' is remembering his past life and experiences. As he becomes older in the book his life changes. In this piece of coursework I will write about the similarities and differences of David Copperfield and Cassie Logan as victims. I will write about each characters home life, school experiences, their treatment from others and how they each respond to the treatment. David is born into a loving family. However, as he gets older, he is victimized by Mr. Murdstone. When David is first born his young mother Clara and kind nurse Peggotty make his home life seem quite idyllic. David is treated well by Clara and Peggotty and is sheltered from the outside world. However, Clara soon meets Mr. Murdstone, who she falls in love with. David is not pleased for this man to enter into his life. 'I didn't like him or his deep voice...' (27) This indicates that David is skeptical about Mr. Murdstone and perhaps that he is worried for himself and his mother when this man is present. When Clara and Mr. ...read more.

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David is also a victim of bullying from those in power. On his way to Dover he meets a 'tinker'. The man is very aggressive and violent and demands that David give him money. "Come here when your called or I'll rip your young body open." This shows that David is given no respect and is treated badly even by strangers. This man has power over David simply because he is older and stronger than David is. David is also presented by Dickens as a victim of Mr. Creakles's bullying. Mr. Creakle enjoys tormenting children and likes to feel in power. Mr. Creakle is the one who forces David to wear the plaque and he teases David about it, "This is the young gentleman whose teeth are to be filed." Again we feel sympathetic towards David as he has done nothing wrong to deserve this cruel treatment and he has only just left the cruelty of the Murdstones. Also David is sent by Mr. Murdstone to work in a blacking factory. We feel sorry for David here because we have a clear understanding of the terrible conditions that appear to be accurate, as we know that Dickens himself lived in these times. Cassie is also a victim of poor treatment from those in power. In Strawberry, a white child named Lillian Jean knocks Cassie down and then Cassie is made to apologize by Lillian's father. ...read more.

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and bit it through.' (58) Here we can see that David had to defend himself and we also see that he is a kind person as he feels a great deal of guilt about what he has done and starts to think that he is actually a bad person. Cassie often responds to her treatment. For example she fights Lillian Jean after the incident at Strawberry. She also gets back at the white children by helping Stacey and the others to dig around their bus. Cassie sometimes gets in trouble for defending herself and others, but she is also very clever in the way that she asked Mama to put her hair in braids the day she planned to fight Lillian Jean. Cassie is quite na�ve because she thinks she can change the minds of others that are prejudiced. However, she creates more trouble for herself and her family. I think both characters are victims in the novels. David is a victim of beating and brutal punishment and Cassie a victim of racism. I feel that the treatment they receive is both cruel and unfair. At the time the novels were written, this kind of behavior and treatment of others was accepted as a way of life. As a reader I live in a time where equality is much stronger and racism is not as harsh. This is perhaps why to me the treatment of Cassie and David seems so poor and unfair. Dickens and Taylor both want the reader to sympathize with the characters and as a reader I do. Kayleigh Henry ...read more.

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