David Copperfield - A Critical Study

Dickens is a major English novelist. He is studied all over the English knowing world today and much work has been done on him by now. 'David Copperfield' is regarded as his best novel and is often prescribed in Indian universities as a text book. The aim of the present study has been to focus the attention of students on the salient features of the novel and its excellent qualities. A glance at the contents of the book will reveal its utility for the examinees as also the general readers. Efforts have been made to present relevant material in a concise, clear and simple style. All hair-splitting and controversial wrangling have been avoided. For the use of really brilliant students selected critical opinions have been printed separately in a collected form and not allowed to burden answers to typical university questions.

  1. The Form and Growth of the English Novel -1
  2. The Life of Charles Dickens - 8
  3. The Works of Charles Dickens - 12
  4. Dickens as a Novelist - 16
  5. Plot Outline of David Copperfield - 33
  6. Chapter-wise Summary of the Novel - 37
  7. Selected Critical Opinions - 90
  8. Major Characters
    (1)David Copperfield - 118
    (2)Mr. Micawber - 121
    (3)Uriah Keep - 124|
    (4)Betsey, Trotwood - 126
    (5)Clara Peggotty - 129
    (6)Steerforth - 131
  9. Minor Characters
    (1)Thomas Traddles - 133
    (2)Mrs. Clara Copperfield - 135
    (3)Dora Copperfield - 136
    (4)Agnes Wickfield - 137
    (5)Mr. Murdstone - 139
    (6)Barkis, The Carrier - 141
    (7)Mr. Dick (Richard Babley) - 142
    (8)Little Emily - 143
    (9)Mr. Peggotty - 143
  10. David Copperfield as an Autobiographical Novel - 145
  11. Plot-construction in David Copperfield - 150
  12. Style in David Copperfield - 155
  13. Humour and Pathos in David Copperfield - 160