For myself, I am fighting my way on in the world against difficulties, and it would be ridiculous if I made a pretence of doing anything else.'

Category: Daily Life | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Tommy Traddles

Traddles represents Dickens's sense of how precarious life is for the great majority of boys and young men, first just "to get a living in that universal struggle," as Pip says.  "[F[ighting my way," says Traddles. To survive and then to find a place in Victorian society depend upon individual will and luck. David Copperfield depicts several casualties. Mr. Dick is maimed, Mr. Micawber revels in bi-polarity, and Heep curdles in his own humility. Their conditions and Traddles' perseverance contrast with Maldon's and Steerforth's sense of entitlement and disdain for work. 

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