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A Study of David's character development into maturity as seen in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

Nadiaty, Venty (1999) A Study of David's character development into maturity as seen in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Bachelor thesis, Petra Christian University.

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Abstract

This thesis is concerned with Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, which tells David's life from birth, childhood until adulthood. In David's adolescence, he faces some impressive experiences which concern with the background of his childhood, the existence of his stepfather. His bad background gives such contribution to David's developing character in his youth or in his immaturity. So,the thesis writer is encouraged to know David's character development into a mature man. The thesis writer intends to analyze it by finding out what kinds of character traits that David has before he becomes a mature man, how his relationship with other characters influences his development and how finally he achieves his character change into a mature man. In analyzing the novel she uses theory of characterization, theory of maturity and some critics about Charles Dickens and his novel, especially about undisciplined heart and earnestness. In the analysis , the thesis writer finds out that romantic imaginative and dreamy, vulnerable and lack of confidence indicate David's character traits before his maturity, which are characterized by undisciplined heart. Yet, his relationship with four other characters: Mrs.Strong , Agnes,Dora and Aunt Betsey encourages him to have a character change. His character change is to be a mature man with disciplined heart, earnestness,and firm character: prudence, perseverance,full of confidence.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor)
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood, charles dickens, david copperfield, adulthood, stepfather
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 18:48
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2011 14:50
URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/3000

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