Comparing the use of books in "Mill on the Floss" and "David Copperfield"
In "David Copperfield," Dickens employs books and learning to read as a means to demonstrate the irrationality and hatefulness of Mr. Murdstone and his sister. In these scenes, David is obviously quite young and just beginning to conquer the world of letters, which had been an agreeable task at his mother's knee before she remarried. Mr. Murdstone and his sister, however, see
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