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Montreal Dickens Fellowship Study Questions: “David Copperfield”
Westmount Public Library
September 24, 2019 1:00-3:00
Chapters 1 - 4

  1. What is a caul? Discuss Victorian superstition and its relevance in Chapter 1.
  2. David Copperfield has been described as a narrative on the pursuit of happiness. What constitutes happiness for young David?
  3. Discuss Mr. Murdstone as a father figure. ? Mr. Barkis? Mr. Peggoty?
  4. This is the first of Dickens books to be written in the first person by a child. (The second was Great Expectations). Describe the effectiveness of the child’s voice.
  5. Dickens often portrays servants as being wiser than their masters. Discuss, using Peggoty as an example.
  6. Description and the creation of unforgettable characters are part of Dickens’ genius. Comment on Betsy Trotwood, Miss Jane Murdstone, or Mrs. Gummidge. Who are your favourite characters and why?
  7. Give examples of how Dickens uses humor and pathos alike?
  8. Are the characters realistic?
  9. What does the sea setting add to the story?
  10. Discuss the use of foreshadowing and suspense. How are we hooked?