What Is Biblical Allusions In David Copperfield

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Charles Dickens
Joshua Lee
Valencia High School
2 December 2017

Charles Dickens is the author of many well-known classics such as A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, Great Expectations, and David Copperfield, but he was a man of humble beginnings. Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England as the second of eight children. Though they had high aspirations for success, Dickens’ family remained poor, and his father was even imprisoned for debt. When Dickens’ entire family was sent to work in a downshodden boot-blacking factory, he felt that he had lost “his youthful innocence… betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of him. These sentiments would later become a recurring theme in his writing”(
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Dickens is able to create this effect through the relationship between Copperfield and the characters he encounters in his life. Despite the fact that Dickens’ goal may not have been to highlight the novel to biblical allusions and aspects, there are many undeniable similarities between the two books that strengthen certain relationships and justify other events that have occured. The connections between Copperfield and Steerforth and Heep is extremely sophisticated because of the complexity of each of their personalities and the numerous aspects that can be tracked to…show more content…
Although he started with bleak prospects, with the abandonment by his great aunt due to the fact that Copperfield was not a girl, the advantage seems to be swinging back into his favor when his great-aunt, Betsy Trotwood, took pity on him and took him in. Throughout this time, Copperfield is able to mature in many ways, losing his childhood innocence and learning how to be a self-sufficient young man when his great-aunt sends him elsewhere to school. This school contains people who truly show interest in Copperfield’s learning and well-being; this greatly differs from his previous experience with schools. As the story continues, David Copperfield is able to encounter many different people such as the Wickfield family consisting of Mr. Wickfield, his daughter, Agnes, and their helper Uriah Heep, Dora Spenlow, his first wife, and his first friend, James Steerforth. From his experience with all these people, Copperfield finds a good balance between insensible, ideal ways and hopeful logical
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