David Copperfield - Chapter 57 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 57 Summary

The ship for Australia sets sail, carrying both the Micawber family and Mr. Peggotty and Emily. David decides not to tell them about the deaths of Ham or Steerforth. When he goes to see their ship off, he notices that Martha is also going with them to Australia.

Chapter 57 Analysis

The boat for Australia represents a new life for all the people on board. The Micawbers hope to finally escape their debt and establish themselves as prosperous members of society. Mr. Peggotty and Emily are leaving behind the land of Emily's disgrace. The fact that Martha has been included in this new life shows that Mr. Peggotty has learned to give everyone a second chance.

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