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Agnes And Dora; A Study In Character

Charles Dickens', David Copperfield recorded the journey of a human being from before birth to a happily prosperous marriage. In the way he suffered tortures from his stepfather and one of his closer friends. He obtained comfort, however from his aunt, his nurse and her family, and the Micawbers. David had two marriages. One to the beautiful yet immature Dora Spenlow, and to Agnes Wickfield, his perennial confidante. These two women both contributed to fulfilling Davids' different needs.

Many people would say that Dora was a very sensitive, fragile, child-wife. She was unable to keep up a house-even with the help of her husband-because she just did not understand how to do simple chores. When David came home one day, Dora came up to him and asked to be taught what she had to know o be able to do housekeeping.

David sat down and started explaining everything to her, but after a few minutes she broke down crying, because she could not comprehend. The attraction that David had for Dora was to her beauty, which misled him into thinking that she would be a good spouse for him. Although, Dora seemed like a girl who did not have much insight, towards the end of her life she realized that her marriage to David was a mistake, and her immaturity would eventually make David lose his love for her.

I was very happy, very. But, as years went on,

my dear boy would have wearied of his child-

wife. She would have been less and less a

companion for him. He would have been more

and more sensible of what was wanting in his

home. She wouldn't have improved. (p, 711)

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