David Copperfield: A Novel of Hypocrisy, Sexual Degradation, Selfish Exploitation,
and Fraud


"David Copperfield" is a novel of "Passionate jealousy sniveling hypocrisy
cold hearted fraud, sexual degradation, selfish exploitation and much more; but
the final impression is one of joy tempered and mellowed wisdom" Discuss.

David Copperfield is probably one of the most successful novels of all time.
I believe it has inspired many readers to a full life with great success. The
novel itself is so real that it has even been said to be \'more real than life\' I
am one of those who agree and I will try and explain why in the following essay .
The terms used to describe David Copperfield in the question are all very true
in their own respect. This is basically because Dickens chose to write about
life and in life all these terms apply.
By the time that Dickens began writing David Copperfield he was already a
profound author with great popularity. I believe he wanted to portray life as
best he could, he wanted to show what life was to him: and what better way than
a biography closely related to Dickens himself. We could call it a \'Novel of
personal memory\' but we have to keep in mind the full original title: \'The
Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield,
the Younger, of Bluderstone Rookery. (Which he never meant to published on any
account.) This complete title strongly suggests that this is one man\'s story
written for himself. It was also supposed to \'never have been published on any
account.\' Later in chap 42 this condition is repeated: \'this manuscript is
intended for no eyes but mine.\' Of course this is part of the fiction, after all
we are reading David\'s story ourselves when we reach this sentence. What is
David Copperfield about? I pose myself this question to help illustrate how much
of an autobiography this book really is, the simplest answer is of course that
it is about David Copperfield himself and his development as a man. Although
after having read several biography\'s done on the author Charles Dickens, I was
led to believe that this book is very near Dickens own life, for example his
father, John Dickens does seem to have been a warm and pleasant father, but his
lack of responsibility, especially with money, later led his family into serious
difficulties. This is very much like Mr.Micawber. Infact his unhappy loves in
life were portrayed also, similarly he wanted to become a journalist and later
as David Copperfield a well-known author.
Referring back to the discussion title I\'d like to give a few examples that
show how the terms applied actually relate to the novel. \'Passionate jealousy,\'
this can be seen majorly in Uriah Heep who throughout the entire novel displays
a strong jealousy towards David. Hidden behind his \'umbleness he despises
society and is very disagreeable therefore he applies to most negative words
used in the discussion title. One example of his jealousy was when he thought
that David was trying to steal the love he dreamed of: Agnes. So Heep forced his
own mother to spy on David. Another character who came across as having
passionate jealousy was Ms.Dartle who loved Steerforth dearly all her life even
though he had been cruel to her and even ruined her beautiful face by breaking
her nose when he was younger. When Steerforth fled with lill\'Emily, Ms.Dartle
took it to heart that Em\'ly had stolen her Steerforth. There was a lot of
jealousy from Rosa Dartle\'s part.
"Sniveling hypocrisy," again we see Heep classified under this category but
more so there are two other very evil characters which are very hypocritical:
Mr.Creakle, the cruel headmaster of Salem house school. Initially he is the
cruelest most disrespectful headmaster alive but towards the end of the novel he
has turned into a very nice, polite warden at a jailhouse who has respect even
for the greatest criminals such as Heep and Littimer, Steerforth\'s despicable
servant. Similarly Mr. Murdstone seems at the beginning to be very polite and a
great gentleman; until he gets what he wants! He marries rich young widowed
women whom he slowly destroys with his odious \'firmness\'
\'Cold-hearted fraud\' this is probably the most serious offense that is
committed in David Copperfield because it actually means: trickery or scheme to
deceive. In other words it is a crime, there were only a few occasions where
this occurred and mostly they were to do with Heep: firstly the way the evil and
slimy character deceived Mr. Wickfield accounts on several