Major Themes In David Copperfield

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An analysis of themes in Dicken 's David Copperfield

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 at Land port (now called Portsmouth), Hampshire, England. He was the second of eight children of John Dickens, a Navy clerk, and his wife Elizabeth. Dickens 's mother moved with seven of her children into the prison with her husband. Only Charles was sent to work in a shoe-blacking factory to earn money for the family. Dickens was traumatized by this experience, which found its way into his partly autobiographical novel; David Copperfield (published 1850).

At the age of fifteen he left school to become a law office clerk, and then worked as a shorthand reporter at the Doctors ' Commons, a society of church lawyers who dealt with marriage and probate. Dickens did not enjoy the job, and decided to become a reporter. He taught himself shorthand and at the age of sixteen, found work as a court reporter. In the 1830s, he reported the daily proceedings in Parliament for the newspaper Mirror of Parliament, and was a contributor to the Monthly Magazine and The Evening Chronicle.

He became interested in social reform and wrote articles for the radical newspaper, True Sun. In the 1840s, Dickens founded the weekly periodical Master Humphrey 's Clock and edited the London Daily News. In 1833, Dickens 's first story was published in the Monthly Magazine. Using the pen-name "Boz", Dickens published stories in the Morning Chronicle and the Evening Chronicle. These stories were so popular
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