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David Copperfield as an example of the Victorian socio-critical novel

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House  

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10. Summary

Finally it can be summarized that there are many striking points of social criticism, such as, child labour, family conflicts, crime in society, monetary problems, flaws in the educational system, class conflicts and the criticism of the so-called American Dream. Of course this is not the complete list of ALL the points of social criticism that could be found in this 800-pages-long work. To list them all would go beyond the range of this term paper. But taking the various points analysed and explained above into consideration one should get a clear and more or less round picture of the fact that in “David Copperfield”, there are many aspects throughout the plot that make this book a real socio-critical book, dealing with the problems of society and from time to time offering possible solutions for exactly these kind of problems and troubles.

However one field that has often been forgotten, though it should be a crucial aspect in every written piece of work dealing with social criticism, has not been covered yet: what was the woman’s role in society during the Victorian Age and how is the woman’s role depicted in “David Copperfield”? So to make this term paper complete, the following lines shall deal exactly with the topic mentioned above and give a short insight into which female characters Dickens created and used in his novel and into which way he criticizes the role, the Victorian society wanted the woman to play in the 19th century.

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