The novel by Charles D. Dickens “David Copperfield” was published in 1850. This work of Dickens is largely autobiographical: the author tells the first person the story of a man who became a writer. David, like Dickens himself, has withstood a grueling struggle against difficult life circumstances.
David Copperfield tells his story as if from the height of a happy ending, but by the end of the narrative the belief in the inevitable victory of justice is gradually replaced by calm fatigue: the world can not be remade, you can only remake yourself. “David Copperfield” – a novel about how a good man managed to remain a good person, although all his life he was accompanied by loss, meanness, injustice, cunning.
A boy growing up with a sweet and weak
Life tests continue. The boy’s mother dies, and her stepfather does not want to pay for his studies and sends David to the warehouse. A ten-year-old child suffers from hard work, from anguish and most of all – from the
Copperfield remembers about his life and involuntarily evaluates many events in it in a different way, not in the way a small boy estimated them. But through the narrative of the famous writer, the voice of a talented and observant child breaks through, who could understand and remember so much.
Dickens shows us how a little boy learns to distinguish evil from good, to protect good, but at the same time soberly assess his strength and be able to see something good and worthy of sympathy even in negative characters. And still be able to laugh at yourself – without it, the good seems too insipid, and evil – too terrible. Soft Dickensian humor saves the novel from excessive edification: we do not just learn life lessons, but live together with a small and large Copperfield his complex, happy and sad life.