Manusya, Journal of Humanities

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This paper aims to analyze the ways in which Charles Dickens employed the literary genre of the Bildungsroman to depict his protagonist's life. David Copperfield successfully enhanced Dickens's reputation and provided a new perspective for readers of Bildungs novels. There are several features such as illustrations, a first-person narrative, heroism and his association with other characters that make this different from other novels in this genre and these literary devices center upon his search for a true identity and his career. These features enliven Dickens's novel and contributed to its favourable reception of this novel and they also indicate Dickens's ability to blend forms and cultivate his reputation in this novel.

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