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'In "David Copperfield" Dickens introduces us to a rich array of characters whose adventures enhance our understanding of Victorian life', discuss.

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GCSE David Copperfield

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"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens is a tale of a boy on his eventful road

to manhood. Set in the late 1800's of the Victorian period, the novel portrays

many Victorian issues. Themes such as love and marriage, family life and

relationships, wealth and poverty, work and education, and law, are illustrated

by the individuality of the characters, which are influenced by their

surroundings in the Victorian period, and therefore they give an insight into

the many varied aspects of Victorian life. Dickens uses the novel to express his

feelings about Victorian life, and either present or contradict issues arisen in

the novel, that are believed to be unfair, in order to criticise them.

The Victorian era was simple when it came to family life. As the man of

the house you were expected to go to work, and come home to a peaceful

environment where the wife was cooking the dinner or cleaning the floors and

serving her husband in an obedient and loving way. As a child you were

expected to be

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