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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: “Find happiness in every little thing”

Charles Dickens changes reader’s perspective and attitude towards troubles

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No other book has motivated me quite like the story of David Copperfield. Reflecting the life of the author, Charles Dickens, this book has had a deep impact on my life.

The story narrates the life of a young man from his childhood to adulthood. Any happiness that touches Copperfield’s life is taken away by sorrows before he can fully experience it. His youth is engulfed in sadness. His mother marries another man, who, as well as his scheming sister ill-treats David and his poor mother. Traddles and Steeforth, his best friends at Salem House, teach him and the readers to find happiness in every little thing.

He travels from one place to the other in search of shelter. His journey and each person he meets on the way has a new lesson to tell.

Mr Micawber is never angry or depressed with his misfortune, rather he confidently moves ahead with life. Ms Trotwood, Mr Wickfield and Agnes are gentle people who are kind enough to help Copperfield and in turn be helped by him. Uriah Heep stands for those scheming people who can bring about others’ ruin for their personal gains. Different human natures are shown through the book, and teach us how to deal with the world around us.

This story has inspired me to stay confident in all my troubles and face them bravely. It has changed my perspective and attitude towards troubles and this book is indeed one of my favourites. People who need motivation to move ahead in life should read this book.

— The reader is a pupil based in Dubai.