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I’m reading David Copperfield and Great Expectations and need help wording my...

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lucysaysyeah | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2009 at 9:03 PM via web

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I’m reading David Copperfield and Great Expectations and need help wording my comparative essay thesis statement?

i would like it to have to do with wealth/social class of a person in relation to their morals/values.

Maybe if its okay, you could throw in some examples that you think would be good to use, i need to have at least 8 (you don't havw to give all 8, but some would be nice) :/


I am stressed please help!


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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM (Answer #2)

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These are two excellent novels to compare, because both are semiautobiographical, but they represent different views of Dickens's life.  David Copperfield is optimistic, and was written when Dickens was younger.  Note that David starts out in a higher social class, is reduced down, and then returns due to his own merit.  In Great Expectations, the same thing happens except that Pip has no talent and everything is handed to him.  It is an interesting perspective on Dickens's life, and much more somber.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:45 AM (Answer #3)

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Both of these novels are also examples of a bildungsroman, which means a novel of education or development. They focus on a single character, and, by charting this character's life from their childhood through the struggles of growing up and adulthood, show how the character matures and develops through facing various trials and struggles. Bildungsroman novels normally end with the older, wiser narrator assuming a place in society. These elements are clear in both of these novels, so you might wish to compare the way in which Dickens shows the development of the two central characters, and the sufferings they need to go through to get there.

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