Compare and contrast the characters of Dora and Emily in David Copperfield.

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Dora and Emily are both attractive women who have poor judgment; and David Copperfield falls in love with each of them, although Emily is a child crush. Dora's poor judgment comes out in her childish incompetence as a housewife, while Dora's emerges when she deserts Ham and runs off with Steerforth.

As for their contrasts, Dora is far less competent at adult tasks than Emily. While Emily becomes a fine apprentice dressmaker and has aspirations to move up the social ladder, Dora is the eternal child bride, too sheltered and ornamental to be good at anything. She even says to David:

I wonder why...

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