David Copperfield's Heroes
Charles Dickens /
Pages: 7 (1698 words) /
Published: Jun 3rd, 2013
Every household has a tragedy and a villain. And from each conflict a hero emerges; Aunt Betsey rescues David from the Murdstones, Mr. Micawber exposes Uriah Heep to the Wickfields, and Martha finds Emily and returns her to the Peggotys. All of them are also unexpected heroes; they have some of the largest faults in the book but turn out to be others’ saviors. Moreover they are complete foils to the story’s main villains. The heroes are driven to rise against the villains by their previous victimizations; past experiences brought them misery and they are determined to save the ones that are feeling the same pain. Dickens uses these pitiable characters that eventually rise to heroism to commentate on society’s proneness to instantly judge a person. He argues that only when after a person has hit rock bottom can they save others, and that being less fortunate makes one a more sympathetic person.
David Copperfield jumps into tragedy in the first several chapters. When the Murdstones have taken over David’s life, Clara Copperfield, his mother, dies of heartbreak and David is sent to toil in a factory where he has no