DAVID COPPERFIELD IN GREAT EXPECTATIONS:
These two novels of Charles Dickes are the very epitome of the Bildungsroman as well as they epitomize the style of the Victorian Novel. The Great expextations was written in 1850 nearly ten years after David Copperfield which was written in 1860-1861.
fully grown Pip and David Copperfield or Charles Dickens.
Although it seems to have passed many years between them but the links which tied the protagonists to each other are so close than it has ever been before in any two different novels. In this paper I will try to clarify this correspondence between the characters of both novels mostly in relation to his own life of Charles Dickens as it can be clearly understood from the title of my writing.
To be honest when I had first read Great Expectations with quick-sighted reading it was a complete letdown for me who can not have yet a concrete understanding of the world of a mature life until the time came up in which you can become fully grown by all means like Pip and David Copperfield or Charles Dickens. The subject matter on both novels today still sustains its significance over all on-going debates as an ever-lasting problem which can be handled with the impacts of a changing society at the age of globilization or at the victorian era or epoch of something else in a forseeable future of course likewise this list can be enlarge but with the problem what remains always unanswered which is questioning the terrible states of a child among these changes what usually represents the majority in a adult world. I think that explains perfectly why and how Charles Dickens need to rework upon David Copperfield by creating Pip. On this paper although I will not analysizes these social aspects but I will try to present how David Copperfield is being recreated in Great Expectaction by appealing to the characteristics of a Bildungsroman.
When we scrutinize the early life of Charles Dickens, his father, John Dickens with a suquence of failures in his business and private life eventually put his family in dire financial strait and after a while he was imprisosened and by extention all the prospects in young Dickens’s heart who any child can dream suddenly collapsed. After this incident he worked at The blacking-warehouse by his mother’s decision. This period of adolescence full of frustrations was unforgetteable for Charles Dickens as he faced with every hardships of the working class although it took only a few months until Jonh Dickens’ groundmother died and left him her inheritance and thus he was released. But of course it did not make sense to young Charles Dickens. Appeareantly that was enough for him to use these new experiences as a focus point of his many novels. All these rigours of his youth attached to the novels likewise in David Copperfield and and Great Expectations.
Now then lets handle the narrations in order to find an answer for the question is “what may have prompted him to rework on this pratogonist whose historical context mostly bases on his own life and is resulted by the recreation of David Copperfield on the Great Expextations as “Pip” Lets remember firstly the similiarities. Both novels start with a concrete sense of deprivation of parents and as a child David and Pip experience a long-suffering period. On both novels the final consummation comes with a suquence of failures after the divorces of couples. There are many analogies which can be drawn between the characters. But somewhat these analogies have an inverse relationship between them For example; one of them can be drawn between Estalla and David Copperfield. In an other term it will be more proper to use the word “substitute” maybe. Estalla may be substituted for Agne and David Copperfield may be subsituted for Pip by taking the opposite roles in the same context of story. In this way we can reach the same structure on which only a simple substitution was made by the Charles Dickens in service to the same purpose.
Another analogy this time we can draw between Joe Gargery and Edward Murdstone. Both characters substituted for the figure of step father in the absence of real fathers. And again they are employed by desing of Charles Dickens in taking opposite roles in the same context. For example While Mr. Joe is always trying to compensate the lack of communication between Pip and his sister Mrs. Joe by telling strories about his own father and mother; on the contrary Edward Murdstone always try to make mischief between David Copperfield and his mother, Clara Copperfield. In this substitution, another striking parallel process is the death of the female figures which will reinforce the homelessness state since a home can never be complete and true home without a mother or femine affection on the life of a child.