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2. A major theme of David Copperfield is the embarrassment of the weak. Throughout the story, the weak and helpless were abused by those in authoritative positions. The poor, orphans, the mentally disabled, and women were belittled time and time again throughout the story by the powerful, without and pity or compassion. The protagonist of the story (David Copperfield) used his life to illustrate the inhumanity of child labor and the oppression that was suffered at the hands of someone who was in a dominant position (his step-father, Mr. Murdstone).

3. The main protagonist in the story was the person narrating the story, David Copperfield. Throughout the story, David shoes that he is trustworthy, kind, and often displayed his tenderness, as he showed a sincere want to help those who he viewed near and dear to him. From traveling back and forth to poor and destitute areas to help friends and loved ones, to becoming reacquainted with long lost loved ones, David showed how much he cared for those who showed him love and gratitude. David depicts this throughout the story, but expresses it the most when he expresses his love for his true love, Agnes.

4. Introduction: David opens the story in his mother’s womb, at his father’s funeral. As a young boy, David lived happily with his loving mother and compassionate nurse, Peggotty.

Rising Action: David’s mother marries a violent man, named Mr. Murdstone, who takes over the household, along with his sister, Miss. Murdstone. David was treated cruelly by the Murdstones. After biting Mr. Murdstone during an altercation, the Murdstones sent David away and he began his journey of learning how to live life as a mature man. David returns home to find that his mother has had another child. Shortly after the birth of his brother, David’s mother becomes deathly ill and dies. The cruel treatment by the Murdstones increases and David runs away and finds love in the hands of others, including a long lost aunt (Betsey)....
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