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by Charles Dickens

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How is Charles Dickens' David Copperfield a story about growing up?

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One of the best ways you can tell that this is a story about growing up is by reading the first sentence, which I think is one of the best openings in all of literature.

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. 

Don’t we all want to be the heroes of our own lives?  That would be the idea, wouldn’t it?  This sentence really demonstrates Dickens’ idealism and mindset when he wrote this book.  Dickens was obsessed with childhood.  Many of his books have child protagonists, and he was one of the first novelists to focus on growing up.  In David Copperfield , we follow David from a miserable childhood to a fairly successful adulthood, but not...

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