David Copperfield is more or less an autobiography of
Charles Dicken' life. More or less meaning that in
cases he does not use actual names, but makes up
scenery and names of the people, but the events and
meaning remain the same. To create such an
still have it retain the same essential elements of
autobiography is an act of shear genius.
The book is divided into two basic parts - David as
(Freddie Bartholemew) and David the young man
Lawton). David's father dies six months before he
David and his mother (Elizabeth) are very close
marries Mr. Murdstone, who is a cold, mean man who
dominates the relationship between Elizabeth and
before any of that happens, David spends a few
Peggoty at her brother Dan's house. David meets to
Little Em'ly, and Ham.
When David's mother dies in still childbirth, he is
off the London to work where he meets W.C. Fields
Micawber), who let's David stay with him. He turns
be a fraud, but does it in such a weird way that
not to like him. Micawber is in great financial
and is always "expecting something to turn up".
later arrested and sent to prison for his debts.
David's last stop in his youth is Dover, where he
with his fathers sister, Betswet Trotwood, who
crazy cousin Mr. Dick. David takes to Mr. Dick
and again, David is happy. He is sent to live with
Wickfield family, which includes old Mr. Wickfield
well off, but alcoholic, businessman; his daughter
who is David's age, and the clerk, Uriah Heep.
By the time David graduates from school, Agnes has
in love with David (although he doesn't know it
Wickfield has fallen under the influence of Uriah
Heep has hired Mr. Micawber. David returns to
become a writer where David meets up with
he once knew in school. The two soon become very
friends. Together, they attend an opera where David
introduced to Dora who will eventually become his
Later, David takes Steerforth to meet the Peggotys.
turned out to be a complete disaster! Em'ly was now
up, is engaged to marry Ham, but falls in love with
Steerforth, who takes her away and abandons her in
Ham and Steerforth eventually die together when
Steerforth's yacht sinks in a storm and Ham dies
save the ship.
David's marriage to Dora hurt Agnes very deeply.
happiness isn't long lasting when Dora soon dies of
strange disease after they are married. Agnes
threatened by Uriah Heep, who has taken over the
and now wants to marry Agnes. Heep is eventually
by Micawber, and he returns to his "'umble self"
day is saved. To put a great ending to the book,
confesses his love to Agnes.