Socratic Seminar Topics
On your index card, prepare for each element of each topic (two per topic for eight total) 1) a statement of your important conclusion or idea; 2) a textual reference; and 3) a related discussion question you wish to introduce during the seminar.

Topic 1: Good and Bad Resolutions
Dickens creates for himself a number of subplots in the course of his novel, and the resolutions he creates are more or less satisfying to his readers.  For our seminar, be prepared to discuss at least one resolution you found satisfying, and at least one you found unsatisfying.

Topic 2: Upon reflection. . . .
Dickens establishes David as a reflective narrator from the first sentence of the novel, and David continues to reflect and comment upon the past throughout his life story.  For our seminar, be prepared to discuss at least two examples of significant reflection and their importance and effect on the narrative.

Topic 3: Women and Children First
Dickens is famous as the first novelist to effectively delineate realistic children, and childhood experiences are central to David Copperfield. Women, too, are influencial figures in David's life, from Peggotty to Betsy Trotwood, from Dora to Agnes.  For our seminar, be prepared to discuss one child charactr (including young David) and one female character, considering the realism and sensitivity Dickens brings to their respective portrayals.

Topic 3: The Hypocrite and the Bully
As we discussed in class earlier, Dickens creates a number of memorable villains, who pose for us two models of antagonism: the hypocritical poseur and the intimidating bully.  For our seminar, be prepared to discuss an example of each type of villain, opining of Dickens's attitude toward each.