This is the story of an English young man called David Copperfield. The narrator, David himself, tells the story of his life from his childhood to maturity.
David’s childhood was not an easy one, not at all. His father had died six months before he was born, and seven years later, his mother marries a man called Edward Murdstone. David had more than good reasons to dislike his stepfather and her sister Jane, who moves into the house later on.
Mr. Murdstone punishes David for not doing well with his studies. One day, Mr. Murdstone beats him hard with a stick and David bites him. Soon afterwards he is sent away to a boarding schoolcalled Salem House. Here David makes two good friends, James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles.
After a long time, David returns home for the holydays and he finds out that his mother has had a baby. She got sick and very weak though.
Soon after, David goes back to school and he is told that his mother and her baby had died, so David returns home at once. Mr. Murdstone sends him to work in a factory. Here his boss, Mr. Micawber, goes to jail after going broke. In London, David finds himself hopelessly alone, so he decides to look for his aunt and only relative, Betsey Trotwood, in seek of help.
This unusual aunt agrees to raise him; yet, the Murdstones try toreclaim David’s custody. David keep telling the story as he grows and prospers in his adult life, knowing new characters but also reencountering old ones; one of them is Peggotty, his mother’s trustful housekeeper, and all her family, including ‘little Emily’, whom David had always loved in silence.
Days later David’s old best friend, Steerforth, appears. During his visits with David to the Peggotty family he seduces Emily and eventually takes her away from her home. Her father Daniel immediately goes after her daughter, imbued with anger and sadness.
Meanwhile, David begins working on a firm of lawyers for a man called Mr. Wickfield. Here he knows [continua]
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