I think it is a moving story, and I was first absorbed in the film which was made based on the novel, I just cried when I saw such a little boy suffered so much. After I read the novel, I find it is different from the film, cause the film didn’t show the end of the novel. The writer Charles Dickens chose the main character, David Copperfield, to describe his own life, thoughts and experiences. This is the reason why several readers describe this classic to be an autobiography of the writer. Born a posthumous child, David was looked after by his young mother and caring nurse, Peggoty. Had his mother not married again, life would have been different. But David's step-father and his sister believed that David was a wicked boy and swore to bring him up in a civilized manner. After isolating him from his mother and beloved nurse, they packed him off to boarding school. His timid mother had no say in any of these affairs and was left lonely and disheartened; she eventually died an unhappy woman.
On his mother’s death, David was compelled to give up his education and was sent off to work, where he befriended Mr.Micawber. In my opinion, David was so grateful for a dear friend that he continued to help the Micawbers even though they exploited him.
When the Micawbers left, David decided to seek refuge under the roof of his aunt, Betsey Trotwood, whom he hadn’t seen once since the time of his birth. The old woman resented David deeply for she longed for a niece who would share the same name and hers’ and her resentment towards David had grown tremendously. Nevertheless, she placed David under her care alongwith her maid, Janet and her friend, Mr. Dick, who was a bit eccentric. She then sent David to school and life was quite alright. When David was done with his education at Dr. Strong’s school, he goes to work at the law firm of Mr. Spenlow and Jorkins. He meets his significant other, Dora Spenlow and falls in love with her. After that, they were engaged to each other.
They had their very first child but Dora becomes ill and dies after giving birth, along with the child. It was a sad life for David but he tries to move on. He had traveled abroad for several years and realizes he truly loves this other woman, Agnes Wickfield. David becomes a famous writer and marries Agnes. They live happily ever after along with their friends. Charles Dickens described all his male characters with plenty of emphasis, significance and care. He described them to be innocent and seldom described any of them as treacherous. He even seemed to excuse the greatest of their faults. But he deeply looked down upon all his female characters and described even their most touching and heart warming actions as mere acts of stupidity. When I saw the film, with the teacher’s help, I find Mr. Murdstone and his sister Jane Murdstone are the typical image. Some characters, as David Copperfield, Agnes Wickfield and others are described completely and significantly. Others, such as Uriah Heep are described with some obscurity. Dickens also had a way of reducing the suspense of his books. For instance, he described David and Agnes to be in love with each other, yet described David as being in love with Dora. Certainly, David would hate to leave Agnes, so it seemed quite obvious that Dora would die and David and Agnes would be together again.
But such incidents as Ham's dying for Steerforth, David's good opinion about Steerforth after his treatment of Emily and Martha's help for finding Emily are events that no one could imagine.
One of the greatest mistakes David ever made in his life was marrying Dora Spenlow. Dora, with her beauty, innocence and childish ways captured David's heart. But he failed to describe the real problems of life to her for fear of hurting her feelings. It might have been best if the two y remained friends.
The saddest event of 'David Copperfield' was Steerforth's death. These lines from the book brought tears to my eyes:
'I saw him lie with his head on his arm, as I had seen him lie so many times at school.'
This world classic is touching and extremely influential. It tells the story of a poor little boy, who grew up to be an eminent, wealthy and happy man, through hardships and personal losses. It is not a wonder that 'David Copperfield' is Dickens' most cherished work!