Review of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Review of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the reader is quickly attracted to the book by the author's use of very vivid and emotional details. Dickens' structure and language allow the reader to experience life-like situations from this novel. Realistic, bold characters and an up-tempo plot keep the reader interested. Dickens uses different themes to allow the reader to compare this novel to their own lives. He allows them to add their own feelings while deeply portraying the feelings that he would have felt while reading this. Dickens' details in Great Expectations do not leave much to the reader's imagination. He creates large, vibrant pictures of the towns and scenery; the most elaborate setting one could possibly think of. "…the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on them, was the marshes…"(Dickens 4). To some readers, this lack of having to use the imagination on the setting is disappointing. The fine details are the only ones that can be left up to the reader's imagination because Dickens truly set up a brilliant story with a credible setting. While having a heavily detailed setting, Great Expectations has very vivid and lively characters that are placed in a somewhat, hard to believe plot. Each character is very different from all of the others. This prevents any confusion of who's who. Every character represents someone that the reader probably knows in real life. Some readers may even see themselves in one of the characters-hopefully not Miss Havisham! Either way, Dickens' lifelike characters give the story life and a way for the reader to truly interact with this novel. The themes are also another way for the reader to interact with Great Expectations. The many different themes create different feelings in the reader to experience whilst reading. The themes that Dickens used for symbolism and reference to his own life and thoughts are money, justice, and class snobbery. Dickens was raised in lower-class society, so he knows how the other classes treat others and how others
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