Montreal Dickens Fellowship Study Questions: “David Copperfield”
Westmount Public Library
September 24, 2019 1:00-3:00
Chapters 1 - 4
- What is a caul? Discuss Victorian superstition and its relevance in Chapter 1.
- David Copperfield has been described as a narrative on the pursuit of happiness. What constitutes happiness for young David?
- Discuss Mr. Murdstone as a father figure. ? Mr. Barkis? Mr. Peggoty?
- 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.
- Dickens often portrays servants as being wiser than their masters. Discuss, using Peggoty as an example.
- 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?
- Give examples of how Dickens uses humor and pathos alike?
- Are the characters realistic?
- What does the sea setting add to the story?
- Discuss the use of foreshadowing and suspense. How are we hooked?