Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 'Great Expectations' is a novel, which represents class society amongst the rich, the poor and the criminal in Victorian England. Using the life of the main character in the novel, Pip; Charles Dickens challenges issues like youth treatment, injustices in the legal system and the discriminations between the classes. As the novel progresses, various events happen to Pip, which makes him more aware of the reality he is living in. Some of these situations change his attitude towards his life and expectations. This makes him more determined and at times angry and upset. In the beginning chapter we are introduced to Pip and find out that he had lost his parents and five brothers. It was not unusual for a child to have lost a family member during the Victorian times. The most common reason for this was due to the lack of development in medicine and science. Back then many of the simple diseases nowadays, were not so curable or even if they were they were not very accessible for the lower class. Dickens use of description of settings and characters in this particular chapter and also throughout the novel, effects what the readers think. For example when Dickens describes the way the gravestones are lined up in the graveyard while Pip stares at them; we really get a sense of the atmosphere and almost feel sorry for him. Also Dickens use of dialogue makes what is being said more real and tells us more about the character for example even when the convict is terrifying Pip, he is still well mannered and polite towards the stranger. Not only does the use of dialogue tell us about the ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd out that one of the punishments for criminals who steel or do such crime is to be sent away to Australia to stay permanently never to return, otherwise the consequences of you returning were to be hanged. When Magwitch returned back 'Illegally' after a couple of years, when he got caught he was sentenced to death but died from illness anyway. The novel is very significant, in the sense that it uses the characters and the storyline to portray the views and opinions of a highly known writer, on the important issues that are fundamental for the running of a society at the time, and the problems that they can create. Overall, I think that 'Great Expectation', is a novel that tells the story of a young boy's expectations from life in a society, which is unable to easily accept change in such a demanding system.

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