Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

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It is said that there has never been a perfect writer and no one has ever written a perfect novel, except for Charles Dickens. Throughout his life, Charles Dickens built a strong reputation as a writer due to the careful and diligent care he pays to his characters. Dicken’s created caricatures of the people he saw in society. Many of these caricatures are still visible in modern society due to sharing similar circumstances. As a master novelist, Dickens seemingly created one of his greatest novels “Great Expectations” as a philosophical study. Charles Dickens published the novel Great Expectations in weekly volumes of his All the Year Round weekly throughout 1860 and 1861. The novel features an individual named Phillip Pirrip (Pip). The author follows the life of the protagonist from his early childhood years throughout his life. Through Great Expectations, Dickens illustrates multiple moral dilemmas faced by his protagonist Pip. It seems that Dickens alludes to the fact that some solutions illustrated in the novel was not correct or could’ve been better and opens up the book to philosophical and moral debates. Usually, in fiction according to Monomyth the protagonist begins in the ordinary world. The protagonist is usually uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware and introduced in such a fashion to generate sympathy from the audience so that they may identify with the dilemma or situation. To simplify, an action in the plot will then lead to a disruption in the ordinary world and the protagonist will lose his current position. The interesting thing is that while Monomyth is applicable to most modern literature, the result is usually absolute and results in a positive outcome where the hero re-integrates successfully back into his wo... ... middle of paper ... ...lot because it was incredibly dramatic. The plot draws you in due to the humanity of the characters and relevancy the story has to modern society. Although it is Pip’s life story which the novel revolves around, we can learn moral lessons not only from his expectations but also from the broken ones of Miss Havisham, Magwitch etc. What I personally took from this story is that I should stop focusing on past mistakes and be honest about what I want to do instead of what society expects me to do. Great Expectations is a wonderful novel which is worth every second you spend reading it. Its appeal lies in the masterfully crafted worlds of Charles Dickens and the humane and insanely relevant story. Additionally, there are many moral lessons you can take from the novel by emphasizing with Pip and accompanying him on his journey through life from one event to the next.

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