Humor and Pathos in David Copperfield

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HUMOUR AND PATHOS IN “DAVID COPPERFIELD”

Dickens’s world is often criticized for not being life-like, but strangely it is his forte for making them extraordinarily alive. Such is the magnificence of his creative imagination. A street in London is described by Dickens is certainly a street in London but is different too. “For Dickens has used the real world to create his own world, to add a country to the geography of the imagination”. As Hugh Walker avers “he is the romancer of London, life, and his romances, are founded on reality”. Dickens’ creative imagination is also seen in inventing dramatic and picturesque incidents. \Many such dramatic incidents readily come to the mind of all readers of Dickens. Again, his creative imagination
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Dickens himself considered this novel the best one among his works. It is humorous and pathos evoking from the beginning till the end. Aunt Betsey Trotwood was an elderly woman who was de, of many oddity and eccentricity. Her attitudes, utterances and activity are all comic and funny. But a sense of systematic thoroughness and uniformity of behavior, with consistency of the highest caliber is not absent in her. She may be annoyed on learning that Clara had given birth to a boy against her own expectation and wish for a girl to be adopted and may even shake her first as the poor doctor who has no control over nature and its vagaries. She may ridicule David for his blind love for the doll like Dora of no practical ability apart from her beauty of form. But her consistency in helping Dick, David and even her erring husband must be considered to be good points in her character. Dickens has heaped the novel with the sentiment of pathos through the many characters who suffer in various ways e.g. Emily, Mrs. Gummidge and others.

Dickens gives numerous funny instances in the novel. At the very beginning of the novel we meet Miss Betsey Trotwood at Blunder Stone “Rookery”. Clara Copperfield, the widow of her nephew Copperfield is expected to give birth to a child. Miss Betsey hopes or rather is convinced that the child will be a girl whom she will adopt as her daughter. But the child born to Clara is a