David Copperfield throws light on the treatment of childhood and its obligations and various evils of industrial revolution, especially the miserable condition of the children working in workhouses from dawn to dusk for a few coins. Many laws were passed by the government, but they were just for the influential people. The factory owners were free to exploit the tender children for their own selfish motives. The general harshness of the age can also be noticed in the cruel treatment of the children at schools. Education is mainly in the private hands.
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Meenakshi. Treatment of Childhood in Dickens’s David Copperfield. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 4(2): April-June, 2013, 166-170