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by Charles Dickens

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What is the moral lesson of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens? 

The moral lesson that David Copperfield could be said to impart is that kindness, sympathy, and generosity are more important and perhaps more desirable than wealth, power, and social position.

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Because of the complexity and scope of Dickens's bildungsroman, it is difficult to identify a single moral lesson the author worked to impart. It is the story of a boy's journey to manhood and the shaping of his perspective and maturity through the people that he meets and what he observes and experiences. Dickens's outlook on the class struggle of Victorian England plays no small role in the work and could be said to be the theme that largely underpins the novel.

Poverty is equated not only with low social status, but also moral failing and criminality, seen very clearly in the episode with Mr. Micawber and debtor's prison. A social problem that drags down not only individuals but also their families is elevated to a cause for reform by the government, evidenced by Micawber's petition to the House of Commons.

The worst sins in the novel seem to be those in which people demonstrate inhumanity to others. It is observable in the cruelty of the Murdstones to both David and his mother and...

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