Mr. Dick

Mr. Dick, whose full name is Richard Babley, is a character in the Dickens novel, David Copperfield. He has childish traits and an obsession with work on his memorial from which he is constantly distracted by thoughts of King Charles' head. He may represent Dickens' difficult role as the author of this work, which alluded to Dickens' own traumatic childhood.[1][2]


  1. Stanley Tick (1969), "The Memorializing of Mr. Dick", Nineteenth-Century Fiction, University of California Press, Vol. 24 (2): 142–153, doi:10.2307/2932600, JSTOR 2932600
  2. Xiaohua Li (2011), "An Insight into the Diversity of Mr. Dick's Roles in David Copperfield", Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol. 1 (1): 112–114, ISSN 1799-2591

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