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The many differences between James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles In the novel David Copperfield Charles Dickens contrasts many different characters The main two characters that he contrasts are Tommy Traddles and James Steerforth He displays the contrast between these two characters in many different ways The only common thing that they share is their close friendship with David Dickens shows these differences through their looks personalities and the final results of their lives For one thing Charles Dickens contrasts these two characters through their looks He tells the readers that James Steerforth is an extremely handsome young person whom everyone seems to adore In every instance in the book when someone sees him for the first time they recognize him as being very attractive He was described as being tall and thin character On the other hand Traddles was pictured as being somewhat on the heavy side He reminds the reader of the fat clumsy kid in their own school Dickens portrays this when he says Poor Traddles In a tight sky-blue suit that made his arms and legs like German sausages or roly-poly puddings 143 Besides being different in appearance Charles Dickens contrasts these two characters through their personalities From the beginning James Steerforth leads people to believe that he is a good person There are many instances in which he shows off his true colors The first sign of his deceitful manner occurs when David allows Steerforth to keep his money Steerforth uses this money to buy food for many of the students Steerforth displays his selfishness when he insults his schoolmaster Mr Mell and gets him fired Again Steerforth shows his stern personality again when David arrives in London and he is given a very small room over a stable Steerforth confronts the hotel employee and David is given a much better room The greatest example of Steerforths brute personality is when he runs
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