Congenial and obstructive on david copperfield - charles dickens

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Dickens is known world wide for his unique style of writing. Dickens, in his writing seperates his novels into two different societies, the congenial and the obstructive. In David Copperfield, Dickens shifts back and forth between both societies.Dickens portrays many examples of a congenial society in his book David Copperfield. Along with the congenial views he also includes obstructive views to balance the book out.

" David Copperfield's life before his mother married Mr. Murdstone was pleasant, he lived happily with his mother and their servant Peggotty. From the period when his mother married Mr. Murdstone to when his aunt took him in was terrible for him. He was sent away away to a run-down boarding school where he and his new friends Tommy Traddles and James Steerforth are beaten. His mother died after giving birth to a child that was fatherd by Mr. Murdstone. After this incident David is sent to work at Mr.

Murdstone's wine factory where he is taken in by Mr. Micawber where he grows to love the Micawbers. Shortly after Mr. Micawber is sent to debters prision, David runs away from the factory. He then goes to his great-aunt Betsy. She takes him in and sends him to Dr. Strong's school in Canterbury.

David lives in Canterbury with Mr. Wickfield who is a lawyer. There he meets the wicked Uriah Heep who takes advantage of Mr. Wickfield's drinking problem, and makes himself a partner in the firm. He also meets Agnes, they form a very close relationship.After finishing school he goes to work at Mr. Spenlow and Jorkins law firm. He there becomes engaged to Dora Spenlow.

When Em'ly runs away with David's friend Steerfoth. Mr. Peggotty goes out to find her. While all this is happening, David's aunt is suddenly sent into...