AP Great Book Assignment: Great Expectations
The 544-page, Bildungsroman novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is considered a classic because it has stood the test of time, appealing to generation after generation of readers while still remaining relevant to them. Published in 1861, Dickens created a coming-of-age story that is similar to his other novel, David Copperfield, but Great Expectations is considered to have reflected parts of his own life. There are several parallels between Pip and Dickens. Both had a difficult upbringing; they both experienced unstable, economic stability as children; and they were both orphaned-- Pip through the loss of his parents, and Dickens metaphorically when he was separated from his family to become a child laborer when he was only 12 years old.
Pip's False Expectations
In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the reader is taken through the journey of a little boy as he pursuits his dream and great expectations beyond his common self. Pip's, the protagonist, dream of becoming a gentleman is realized upon his meeting of Estella, the love of his life. Pip changes from an innocent, sensitive and common young boy to a selfish, rejecting adolescent. He is led into making grave mistakes based on his false expectations of marrying Estella and being a gentleman.
Pip- Pip is the protagonist and the narrator of Great Expectations. Pip wants the best in life. The entire novel is him seeking his “Great Expectations”. Pip is very passionate and has a great conscience.
It can be seen through Dickens’s highly successful novel Great Expectations, that his early life events are reflected into the novel. Firstly the reader can relate to Dickens’s early experiences, as the novel’s protagonist Pip, lives in the marsh country, and hates his job. Pip also considers himself, to be too good for his ...
In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the character of Pip, demonstrates the working class and their restrictions. Dickens uses Pip and various other characters to show that class mobility is nearly impossible in the Victorian society. If one is able to move into another class then it would change them for the worse and they would end up where they first began. In the beginning, Pip is hardly aware of his social class and his education level, but as he becomes exposed to Estella, he becomes more perceptive and desires self-enhancement. He moves to London due to the kindness of an unknown benefactor and pursues to become a “gentleman”.
In the present age, the more successful children usually come from well-structured families that are able to provide their children with a lots of care and a happy and loving childhood. Children growing up in this environment will describe their youth as a time of wonder and laughter; they will enjoy the experiences as a child. However, in the Victorian age, this is a completely different story as most children had to go through many hardships and sufferings, in order to satisfy the needs of their family. Great Expectations is set in the Victorian age and Charles Dickens portrays the years of childhood as at time of confusion, darkness and terror. Nevertheless, this unfavorable childhood helps Pip mature as a person in many different ways. Pip's experiences with multiple people when he was a child provides important stepping stones for his journey in becoming a successful gentleman. Specifically, the people that aid Pip in his journey are: his family, namely Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook, Estella and himself. In the novel, the author develops the idea that these unfortunate experiences in young Pip's life are important because they shape and mold Pip into becoming a successful gentleman.
On February 7, 1812 in Portsea, Charles Dickens began his life. His father, John Dickens, spent little time with Charles. The family lived in poverty and John was in prison much of the time. When Charles was two, the family moved to London. At age twelve, Charles worked in a factory pasting labels on bottles of shoe polish. He only worked there for a few months, but it was a miserable experience that would remain with him his whole life.
Ever wonder what was one of the main themes in the novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens? Well, Pip trusts a few people before his “great expectations”, but he also made lifelong friends when he goes to London. Before Pip’s “great expectations”, he had one person he told everything to and trusted them. When Pip went to London, he became good friends with his roommate, who helped him throughout the novel. But finally, without helping his benefactor before he had “great expectations” Pip would have never gotten a chance to view life as a gentleman. Without friendship, Pip would have never had so many great things happen to him, or get to experience the world as much as he would have without friendship.
Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations depicts the desire of improvement through the conversation and actions of the characters, including Pip. Taking place in the 19th century, Great Expectations shows the important events of Pip’s life from the age of seven years old until his mid-thirties. Along the way, Pip meets a variety of friends and acquaintances that have an influence on him in forming his decisions and goals. They are constantly leaving him in confusion; however, Pip has the same influence on them. The friendships formed throughout the novel constantly make the characters reevaluate their choices, education, and rank in society in hopes of improving their life.
Charles Dickens born February 7th 1812 – 9th June 1870 is a highly remarkable novelist who had a vision to change wealthy people’s scrutiny on the underprivileged and by fulfilling the dream he writes novels. Furthermore, I think that Dickens wrote about poverty as he had experiences this awful incident in his upbringings.