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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Great expectations is a book that is set in Victorian Britain, which tells us the story of a boy named pip who goes from being poor and working with his brother in-law as a blacksmith, to learning how to be a gentleman in London. The story focuses on how pip becomes the focus of a strange, eccentric woman called Miss Havisham, who is using her adopted daughter Estella to break Pips heart. Although the stories main character is pip I have decided to write this essay on Miss Havisham and Estella....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Throughout the Victorian era humanity was obsessed with social status and took every opportunity to search for meaningful existence within society. ‘Great Expectations’ follows Pip’s journey from childhood to adulthood, acquainting with both the true and false qualities of a ‘gentleman’. All through the novel, social class provides an arbitrary, external standard of value by which the characters judge one another. During Pip’s progression of becoming a ‘gentleman’ he realizes appearance is not the main quality a gentleman should posses....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Chapter one of the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a very important chapter to the novel; it introduces the reader to the novel. Charles Dickens uses a number of different methods and techniques to do this. At the beginning of the chapter Dickens introduces Pip, the main character in the novel. The audience get to know a little about Pip's background and his life, Dickens makes it evident right from the beginning that this story is about Pip. We notice that Dickens writes in the first person, he writes as if he is Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Self Conflict in Great Expectations

- Self Conflict in Great Expectations Througout his novel, Dickens explored the constant struggle Pip faces as he realizes the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip attempts to achieve greater things for himself while holding on to important morals and values. Pip always feels a loyalty to Joe, his "ever the best of friends." This, along with the realization that his true priorities should be those that love him, guides Pip through changes in his character and directs him through his internal struggle....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- 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....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Great Expectations, a novel written by Charles Dickens is one of high standards and popularity with the public. I have been set an assignment to examine the main character Pip and the environment in which he lives as well as his past and current life. Enable to complete my task, I will only be looking at the first few pages in the novel and examine the setting, some of the characters that we are introduced to, the plot and the language used throughout the novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Gender Roles in Great Expectations

- Gender Roles in Great Expectations        The importance of the Victorian ideal of motherhood is glimpsed in Charles Dickens's personal life. Dickens's main complaint against his wife when he separated from her was her terrible parenting. Around the time that his separation from his wife was being finalized, Dickens complains of Catherine in a letter to his friend Angela Burdett Coutts: "'She does not -- and never did -- care for the children; and the children do not -- and they never did -- care for her'" (qtd....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Chapter One of Great Expectations

- COURSEWORK ‘How effective is chapter one as an opening to “great expectations”?’ The first chapter is set in the grave yard, where pip is looking at the tombstones of his dead parents and brothers. ‘Arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine- who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle’. He is stating that all of his brothers gave in to death, which gives the idea that life expectancy was low for everyone....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens ‘Great expectations’ is a novel written by Charles Dickens. He was interested in bringing about change and his novels dealt with such topics as justice and punishment, the widening gap between the rich and poor and so on. He believed that the divisions between the classes had produced a diseased and unhealthy society. During the Victorian society, women suffered many disadvantages. Women were dependent on men, unless they were rich. Women were expected to “serve” and obey their husbands....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens builds up Sympathy for Pip at the start of the novel 'Great Expectations' through the use of first person narration, the setting and his encounter with Magwhich. Pip is presented as a vulnerable child in a threatening environment. The reader identifies with Pip in his role as victim when the convict begins his unprovoked attack on the young child. Dickens use of first person narration immediately involves the reader by connecting them to the central character that 'came to be called Pip'....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens. I have been analysing the way in which Dickens uses language techniques to create. I have recently been reading the famous novel “Great Expectations” written by Charles Dickens. I have been analysing the way in which Dickens uses language techniques to create themes, characters and a setting for his story. The novel itself was written in Victorian times and a lot of the themes that occur in the book were also very prominent in the Victorian era. Firstly I want to mention the similarities between the main character and narrator Pip and the actual writer Charles Dickens....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Jane Austen

- Great Expectations by Jane Austen There are two different types of gentleman are presented to the reader throughout Great Expectations. The first is Pip's earlier definition, where he finds a gentleman to be someone with wealth, "breeding", education, and social status. This materialistic definition of a gentleman is exactly like the description of Bentley Drummle, who, however is obviously not a gentleman in behavior or manners - "...he was idle, proud, niggardly, reserved and suspicious....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations

- Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations During the book 'Great Expectations' there are many characters that influence pips decisions. In my essay I will try and point out who does what to influence pips decisions and eventually try and find out which character was most influential. There are several characters which much be considered whilst deciding who was most influential. Mrs Havasham was probably the most influential character because it was because it was her who first planted the seeds of discontent in pips mind....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens How does Dickens create a sense of sympathy for Pip in Chapter 9 of Great Expectations The opening description of the scene is all built around making Satis house seem alien to Pip. It is immediately brought to the reader’s attention that the house is very old and that everything appears dilapidated. The brewery is quickly noticed by Pip to be unused and he tells the reader ‘No brewing was going on in it, and none seemed to have gone on for a long time.’ This involves the reader in the story and makes it easier for them to see events from his perspective, the reader shares in Pip’s feeling of foreboding....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Book Report on Great Expectations

- Great Expectation The book that I read is called Great Expectation By Charles Dickens. It is based mainly in London but also has scenes in Pip's home town. Which is a small village in the country. Where he and his sister Mrs. Joe and her husband Joe Gargary live and Pips was raised. The setting of where Pips is is not as important as what is there with him. There are many contrasts to good and evil or more justice and innocence. There are so many important characters in this book that it would take me longer to describe the characters and there importance than it would to summarize the book....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Pip's Growth in Great Expectations

- Through the novel Great Expectations, it is seen that Pip’s personalities change. He seemed to be immature at the start but in the end he turned out much different and yet also the same. It seems to me that he changed because of those surrounding him and the influence they had on him. The most influential characters were Estella and the Magwitch. Pip at first was very uneducated and had not a clue of his social class or that there even was a social class, so he was content with what he had....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Characters in Great Expectations

- Look at three chapters from Great Expectations, discuss how Dickens creates characters that are both memorable and striking. Make sure you refer to at least three. The assignment that I am writing about is Great Expectation which was written in 1880-1881 and the author is Charles Dickens. The main three characters that I will be talking about are Pip, Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Firstly before that I want to write a bit about the history of publishing at the time Charles Dickens. At that time publishing books were totally different than at present time....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations - Chapter Summaries

- Great Expectations Notes Chapter 1 Setting: early in the 1800s; Churchyard in tiny village east of London &#61623; Joe Gargey and her husband in the Marshes. &#61623; His parents died Pip- Phillip Pirrap- main character- 7 years old- Lives w/ sister Mrs. when he was younger &#61623; One time while visiting his parents grave he meets a strange man- He asks Pip to get him a file and some writtles (food). Chapter 2 Setting: At home; We meet Joe Gargery, the blacksmith, and Mrs. Joe, Pip’s sister &#61623; Joe Gargery and Pip were both brought up by hand &#61623; At dinner Pip placed his bread for the convict down the leg of his trousers &#61623; The family receives news...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Coursework Question: In the extract where Pip, a boy from a very humble background meets Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady dickens wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards Pip. How does he make us feel this way. In this assignment, I will analyse, discuss and comment on the techniques Charles Dickens (Dickens) uses as a writer to gain sympathy for the main character Pip. I will look closely at setting, language, characterisation, the opening and closing of the extract....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

-   In Great Expectations, Dickens depicts an eccentric character in Miss Havisham. The unmarried Miss Havisham seems to both conform to and deny the societal standards of unmarried women in the Victorian Age. Spinsters and old maids display particular attitudes and hold certain functions in the society. Miss Havisham's character shows how one woman can both defy and strengthen these characteristics. She, along with several other female characters in the novel, supports the fact that unmarried women were growing in number....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations: A thematic analysis

- Great Expectations: A thematic analysis As the reader begins the book, Dickens instills in the reader a bond with Pip as it is through his eyes in a first person narrative. Dickens’ use of Pip as the narrator is very significant to the telling of the story. We are able to see the progression of Pip as he grows up and his views on the characters in the book. We form an idea about someone from their outward appearance, so having Pip as a narrator it creates a one-sided view about a character because we only see the world from Pip’s eyes and we feel most strongly what Pip is feeling and we feel, about other character what Pip feels about them....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations. From pages 60-61 the history shows us that what they wore sort of reflected on what they were selling like when Pip describes the corduroys that the shop keeper is wearing to the seeds in one of his draws because he sells seeds it says about this " I hardly knew which was which". Also the shop people have longer hours of work they run from 7:00am to 8:00pm. What Pip also found strange is that all the shop owners used to look at each through there shop windows apart from the watch maker who is always getting on with his work because of all his customers he had....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Chapters 1-3 give you a feeling of welcoming. The first three chapters aren't just comical but in some places they are edgy. The humour makes it enjoyable to read and the apprehensive situations make you want to read on to see what happens. Right from the beginning Dickens has aroused the readers interest. The story is told in First Person Retrospective Narrative. This enables Dickens in the early chapters to re-create the child's eye view whilst fusing it with adult judgements....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations

- Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations I agree that all the adults Pip meet fail him in some way. The first character Pip comes in contact with in the novel is Mrs Joe. Rather than mothering Pip and giving him all the care and attention he never got she neglects him and treats him very roughly. She had brought Pip up "by hand" and used "Tickler" on him a number of times. She never says anything pleasant to Pip and I think that she thinks he interrupts with her relationship with Joe....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Social Status In Great Expectations

- Social and financial status play a big role in our environment today. The wealthy tend to get more recognition for having more money and the lower class tend to get a bad reputation of being uneducated people who have no rights as citizens. Social status in a large town relates to how well people treat a person and see them as they represent themselves throughout the community. In the book Great Expectations, Charles Dickens explains wealth and popularity in the 1800's as a key factor of life. He allows the reader to see how important it is to be in the upper class, but he also makes the reader realize that whether being wealthy or poor that certain person is always judged in their life and...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Should Great Expectations be considered a part of the canon of great literature based on its portal of social class issues in Victorian England. This is a question that has been pondered by many, but has a justifiable answer. This book should not be considered a part of the canon of great literature for several reasons, such as the rise in social class, marriage between classes, and the depiction of women. One reasoning as to why Great Expectations should not be considered a part of the canon of great literature is the constant rise of social class....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Great Expectations Essay Topic: Why is Great Expectations called Great Expectations. There is an old cliché that cautions readers not to “judge a book by its cover”, but rather, by its contents. While this piece of advice may indeed be true, one could ask if the same is true of judging a book by its title. The title of a book is in many ways indicative, not only of its contents, but perhaps more important, of its author’s message. A title serves to inspire the reader’s interest, while at the same time, to convey its central theme....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great Expectations is a story of a young boy who is an orphan. The novel traces the growth of the narrator. The story is about Pip who gets himself into some unexpected scenarios throughout the novel. The novel Great Expectations is written in the Victorian period an age of industry, social status and crime. The author of the novel Charles Dickens wrote many novels and he got most of his inspiration to write these novels from the way of life in the Victorian period....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Analysis of Great Expectations

- The settings of Great Expectations are Pip’s homes, one home that he lives in during his childhood in Kent, England, and the other that he lives in when he is grown in London, England. Social status was a big deal in the mid-nineteenth century. The rich were highly respected and liked by all, and the poor were treated unkindly and were sometimes made fun of. The rich could have any job that they liked, but the poor would almost always take over the job that their father had. The narrator of Great Expectations is Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Discontent in Great Expectations

- Discontent in Great Expectations Many people strive for things that are out of their reach. In the novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens shows the themes of personal ambition and discontent with present conditions. The main character, Pip, shows early on in the story that he is unhappy with his current situation. Throughout the story he strives for the things that are beyond his reach, and is apathetic to the things that he can obtain. Pip demonstrates this by striving for Estella when he could have Biddy, and yearning to be a gentleman when he could be a blacksmith....   [tags: Free Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Great Expectations In the novel Great Expectations, written in 1860 by Charles Dickens, there is an underlying theme of disillusionment, but it is not a melancholy book. The main character, named Pip, has many "great expectations" in his life, but over the course of time these illusions are slowly shattered. This would make one think that this narrative would be a tale of sadness and misery, it is not glum at all because of the friendships, love, and humor that Pip experience. Throughout the book many friendships become evident between Pip and other people....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Charles Dickens' novel Great expectations is set in the Victorian period and is highly related to the state of poverty that Dickens encountered on his rise to fame. It concerns the young boy Philip Pirrip (known as 'Pip') and his development through life after an early meeting with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch, who he treats kindly despite his fear....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- 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....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens: Great Expectations Describe how Dickens creates atmosphere and introduces characters in Chapter One of Great Expectations. In this essay I am going to describe how Dickens successfully uses tension and drama to create atmosphere and to introduce his characters status, emotions and identity in the opening chapter of Great Expectations. The central character, Pip, is followed from youth as he makes the journey from poverty to riches and back again as he attempts to fulfil his own great expectations....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations in 1860-1861 when he was in London. It is set in the mid nineteenth century, in Kent, and London. The basic plot of Great Expectations is: Pip, a young orphan living with his sister and her husband in the marshes of Kent, sits in a cemetery one evening looking at his parents' tombstones. Suddenly, an escaped convict springs up from behind a tombstone, grabs Pip, and orders him to bring him food and a file for his leg irons....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Jane Austen's Great Expectations

- Jane Austen's Great Expectations Great Expectations is a story about the impact that money can have on people's lives. Money can change anybody and Pip was no exception. When Pip is poor he truly wants to be a gentleman, he has "great expectations" for himself. He loses friends, family and parts of himself all to be a true gentleman and forgets about the true values of life. Eventually he realises that letting money rule your life can have harmful effects. There are many themes that run through this novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In the first chapter of the novel Great Expectations, Dickens prepares the ground for the way the story will develop. I will show how he does this through his piece of coursework. Charles Dickens was well known for characterisation, this is where you create a character that is easily remembered. Dickens had to do this as he was a serial novelist (this is where you write a novel in stages) so his characters had to be instantly recognised after weeks or even months....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Introduction Charles Dickens, ' Great Expectations' , portreys the main character Pip's childhood in various ways. 'Great Expectations' is a pre 20th century novel, showing how Pip's working class upbringing affects his childhood. Pip's Childhood Pip is an orphan, who lives with his sister Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband Joe. We are led to believe that Pip's parents die when he is young and although he is too young to remember them he still feels he has some memories of them "unreasonably derived from their tombstones" showing that Pip never had the chance to see them....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, Dickens conveys the idea that wealth leads to isolation. The novel begins when Pip, a young orphan, encounters an escaped convict in a cemetery. Despite Pip’s efforts to help this terrifying personage, the convict is still captured and transported to Australia. Pip is then introduced into the wealthy yet decaying home of Miss Havisham where he meets Estella, a little girl who takes pleasure in tormenting Pip about his rough hands and future as a blacksmith....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Look again at chapters 1 and 8 where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham and chapters 44 and 56 his final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pip's relationship with these two characters. In this essay I am going to look at and analyse Pips first and last meetings with Miss Havisham and Magwitch. I will also discuss how these meetings affected Pips character and future. Also how his feelings towards Magwitch and Havisham changed throughout the novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Through the first pages of Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” it is effective in showing a life history of the main character Pip and presenting him to the responder. Dickens goal is to play upon the responders emotions and he achieves this through strong emotions and beliefs and the use of social comment. The first pages of “Great Expectations” is a simple clear cut description of the working class and young children during the 18th and 19th centuries. Dickens begins to present the life of Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrip who is part of this working class genre....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great Expectations is a semi-autobiographical book written in the mid-19th century by Charles Dickens the novel follows the life of the orphan protagonist Pip who we see change from a young child to a maturing young adult. Through this essay I aim to show how Great Expectations fits the genre of Bildungsroman but also how Charles Dickens writes beyond the traditional criteria. Charles Dickens writes about the controversial issues on class through the Bildungsroman genre....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great Expectations was one of numerous novels written by Charles Dickens. The novel was written in 1860-61 in the Victorian era. Charles Dickens establishes the identity of young pip at the start of the novel. Pip is the protagonist in the novel. Pip of the working class wants to improve himself and desires an education to be good enough for a girl from the upper class called Estella. The novel explores themes of class, education and the penal system in Victorian times....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- General Info: A story of moral redemption. The hero is an orphan raised in humble surroundings, in the early decades of the nineteenth century, comes into a fortune, and promptly disavows family and friends. When the fortune first loses its lustre, then evaporates completely, he confronts his own ingratitude, and learns to love the man who both created and destroyed him. The story is told by the hero himself, and the challenge Dickens faced in devising this first-person narrative was two-fold....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Summary of Great Expectations

- Great Expectations Great Expectations is one of many great books written by Charles Dickens, and in my opinion it will always be one of the great classics in English literature. Charles Dickens introduces Miss Haversham to the novel in the following way. The story is told by Pip, a grown man describing his experiences as a young common labouring boy in the early Victorian period. He sometimes tends to narrate the story as if through the eyes of an innocent child. The effect that has on the reader is that it brings out both a mature and young adventurous side in us, it also makes us feel sorry for Pip in a way, because of the way he was treated by his merciless sister....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Feminism in Great Expectations

- Feminism in Great Expectations Biddy as the Anti-Feminist Feminine Ideal Charles Dickens’ portrayal of the female gender in the novel Great Expectations is generally one of disdain. Pip typically encounters women who are mean-spirited, self-centered, and unsympathetic. Throughout the novel Pip is in conflict with women who treat him poorly. He is the subject of Mrs. Joe’s tyrant-like upbringing “by hand.” He is the tool of Ms. Havisham’s warped education of Estella. Most of all, Pip must endure the total disregard of his strongest emotions by his great love, the cold Estella....   [tags: Feminist Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Basically, the novel "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens was a novel about a young boy, Pip, and his experiences growing up. Pip was a poor young boy, and was taken advantage of by an escaped convict. This relationship to the convict plays out on many levels, and, eventually works to his advantage. Also in this story are many other pertinent characters, such as Estrella, adopted and bred by a Ms. Havisham to wreak havoc on the entire male race. Estrella is also intertwined with the convict who took advantage of Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Pip in Great Expectations

- Abu shahid Introduction Great Expectations is the story of Pip, an orphan boy adopted by a blacksmith's family, Pip lives with his older sister and her husband. One day, while visiting his parents' grave, Pip encounters a convict, Magwitch, who he helps escape by providing him with a file and food. Pip is hired as a playmate for Miss Havisham's adopted daughter, Estella, who he falls in love with. Pip finds out that he has a benefactor and assumes that it is Miss Havisham. He moves to the city of London with great expectations of increasing his social status....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great expectations the story of an orphan boy and his adventures is one of Charles Dickens best loved novels, written in 1861. In this essay I am going to analyze and compare different aspects of the novel including the relationship changes between Magwitch and Pip and Havisham and Pip. The first character we are introduced to is Pip, who is also the narrator. The narration shows that it is an older more intelligent Pip telling the story as it is written in past tense and first person, the sentences are quite long and well structured and the language used is very formal as if it is written by a mature adult with experience....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In the extract where Pip, a boy from a very humble background meets Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady, Dickens wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards Pip. How does he make us feel this way. Great Expectations was one of the most successful novels ever written by Dickens. The novel focuses on the life of Pip, a boy from a humble background. The novel also focuses a lot on Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady which Pip meets early on when he is a boy, but gradually as he grows up, assumes that she has helped him become wealthy....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- The story begins in a village near the marshes where a young boy named Pip lives. Because his parents are dead, he lives with his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband Joe who’s a blacksmith and Pip’s trusted friend. Pip doesn’t have much of a future, he’s destined to become Joe’s apprentice and eventually a blacksmith. Then, Pip meets a convict out on the marshes. It seems like nothing important, despite it being frightening, but this meeting will change his life forever. The convict asks him to bring some food....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In the novel of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, one of the pivotal characters is a man named Abel Magwitch. To answer the question of whether this man is a criminal or a victim of society, we must first establish what a criminal is and what a victim of society is. A criminal is someone who knowingly breaks the law for self-gratification. A victim of society is someone who is subjected to outside influences, and is generally mistreated by society. In the context of this novel, a victim of society is also someone who has never been given a chance in life, and has no control over events that occur involving them....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Pip is a young boy when he meets a convict in the marsh lands by his house, he steals food and a file to help the convict, who then disappears. But as Pips sister and her husband Joe realise the food is gone, soldiers go looking for the convict and later find him fighting with another escaped convict and they both end up getting put back into prison. Pip is asked to go and play at a large house called Satis House and when he does so he meets its inhabitant, a strange lady called Miss Haversham....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens Pip’s character’s importance to the plot of the novel “Great Expectations” is paramount. Charles Dickens uses an ongoing theme over the course of this novel. Dickens creates Pip to be a possible prototype of his own and his father’s life. Pip’s qualities are kept under wraps because the changes in him are more important than his general personality. Dickens created Pip to be a normal everyday person that goes through many changes, which allows a normal reader to relate and feel sympathetic towards Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Suffering can be analyzed from several different aspects; it can be a lesson learned or a way to feel sorry for yourself, but in either way Dickens uses it in his novels to thicken the plot, to show clearly coming of age, as well as to help you further understand the character’s situation. When you take the best you can out of suffering, and study every thing that might have lead to that peak of pain, and change that, suffering will only do you good in the long run. Instead of taking the best you can from it, some people take suffering as a way to mourn and be miserable, and tell other people how unfortunate you are....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Coursework In my essay I am going to look at how Charles Dickens presents his characters in Great Expectations, and what devices he uses to make the characters interesting. In my response I will look at several things that Dickens uses to make his characters more interesting. For example, the social class system, the setting and the mood created by the setting, how the characters speak and how these affect your view on the characters who come up in the play. I have chosen to focus on four characters who appear often in the play....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Great Expectations As part of my GCSE coursework I have been asked to analyse the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens and show how Dickens creates sympathy towards the young character Pip in the extract. Dickens starts the extract by revealing the gloomy and oppressive atmosphere in the residence of Miss Havisham. When Pip arrives at the house of Miss Havisham there is an atmosphere of gloominess which creates sympathy for Pip. ‘No glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it’. Pip feels very insecure because he is a young boy in a strange and unfamiliar environment....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Charles Dickens is famous for his unforgettable characters. Some of his most renowned characters are to be found in 'Great Expectations' a truly classic novel. Pip is a genuinely nice character. His mother and father, and this is what it says on his fathers gravestone "Georginawife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias and Roger, were also dead and buried." This immediately makes the reader feel sympathy towards Pip because it is very traumatic to lose one family member let alone seven....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Chapter 39 Great Expectations

- Chapter 39 is a Pivotal One, Why. How does Dickens communicate the importance of the drama of the chapter to the reader. In chapter 39, Pip's benefactor is revealed. It is around this person that the mystery of Pip's expectations is built. It is a pivotal chapter in the way the plot develops. In this chapter Pip finally accepts that the way he acted in London was wrong and that chasing Estella was very pointless. The importance and drama of this chapter can be seen from the beginning. Dickens shows this to the reader in many ways, such as the build-up of atmosphere between certain people, the drama and the mystery behind Magwitch's behaviour and the way he acts, and Pip's often fluttering st...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In chapter eight Dickens begins with a detailed description of Satis House, we are given a vivid idea of what is in store for Pip right from the beginning. The language and phrases used emphasise the darkness and forbidding nature of the house. When Pip first enters the house he describes it as having, 'old bricks, and dismal, and had a great many iron bars to it. Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred'....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations At the beginning of the story written by Charles Dickens we hear Philp Pirrip (Pip) in read a small paragraph that seems to have know relevance at first, but it all becomes clear as we read the story. In this paragraph we hear Pip describe himself. In the second paragraph we see that the setting has changed and now Pip in is a graveyard looking at his mothers and fathers gravestone. Pip mentions that there is one gravestone that has his fathers names on it and by the under it is the name of his mother....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Before Charles Dickens story of Great Expectations begins, Pip&#8217;s parents and brothers are killed. Pip&#8217;s sister, his only living relative, becomes his guardian, and she marries the blacksmith Joe Gargery. Joe and Pip form a very close relationship. However, neither Joe nor Pip embrace a father-son relationship. Since Joe and Pip do not sustain a father-son relationship, but rather stay as two good friends, Joe&#8217;s values of honesty and hard work are not communicated to Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- The main character, Pip, who is an orphan, lives with his sister and her husband Joe has a passion for art. One day while at the marshes drawing, he meets an escaped convict who tells him to return with food and a file from his sister and Joe, or he will be killed. After Pip helps him, he is almost immediately recaptured by the police. After all of this, Pip is hired by a wealthy woman by the name of Ms. Havisham, as a playmate for her adopted daughter, Estella. Pip immediately falls in love with Stella....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- People treasure their houses and most often houses become homes filled with love. This makes it very difficult to leave their houses in which they have lived all their life. This happens to the elderly a lot when they can no longer take care of themselves and are forced to leave their homes and move to a nursing home. Houses can represent the family who lives in the house. If the house is poorly taken care of then the people poorly take care of themselves. If the house is beautiful with lovely blossoming gardens then they are compassionate loving people....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations When you first meet Heathcliff he is a person that is uncommunicative and difficult to talk to at the age of 8. My impression of him is that he is very shy. He seems to do whatever anyone says, especially his foster parents, they have total control over him, even though his foster parents aren't really too caring about him. His personality, I think, seems odd, he is quiet and boring, but also he has made good friends with Cathy and they soon fall in love. But with everyone else he is quiet, and his slaved for work....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations: Pip's Unrealistic Expectations

- Pip's Unrealistic Expectations   One of the most important and common tools that authors use to illustrate the themes of their works is a character that undergoes several major changes throughout the story. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens introduces the reader to many intriguing and memorable characters, including the eccentric recluse, Miss Havisham, the shrewd and careful lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, and the benevolent convict, Abel Magwitch. However, Great Expectations is the story of Pip and his initial dreams and resulting disappointments that eventually lead to him becoming a genuinely good person....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations and Family Relations

- Charles Dickens remains one of the most prominent and certainly the most commercially successful literary artist of nineteenth century England. In addition, Dickens enjoyed a large readership in America. The author’s success on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean stems from his entertaining literary style and his deep respect for social values and the human condition he encountered and incorporated into his writing. Dickens was a prolific writer who drew upon his personal experiences and integrated a certain comic pathos in his writing to delight his reading audience....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Charles Dickens makes this extract memorable and significant as it is the first time Pip, a working class boy from the forge, meets Miss Havisham and Estella who are going to have an important and significant affect on his life. Pip is invited to Miss Havisham's residence Statis house. This is important as he doesn't know why he was invited and before he goes he is told there may be something in this for him. The reader knows this might be true due to the title of the play "Great Expectations" Dickens makes Pip's first encounter with Miss Havisham and Estella at Statis House a significant and memorable point in the novel in a number of ways....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays]

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The Forge and the Satis House in Great Expectations

- The Forge and the Satis House in Great Expectations     During the Victorian Age in England, individuals revealed their class and prestige by flaunting their money, yet they were only disguising their inner character with the riches. Strong relationships are a key to a fulfilled life; in Dicken's Great Expectations, the contrast of the Forge and the Satis house uncover that happiness is born through relationships with others and not through money.   The Forge's simplicity contributes to a simple existance of those who live in it....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Deveopment of Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations

- The Deveopment of Pip in Dickens' Great Expectations Great expectations maybe considered as being a bildungsroman as it charts the development of the main character (Pip) from childhood to adulthood. Traditionally a bildungsroman contains the progress of one character as he or she deals with death, love, social status and other life effecting factors. In this way "Great expectations" fits the bildungsroman genre. In some ways Great expectations does not fit the traditional bildungsroman as the person is telling the story as an adult reflecting on his life from childhood....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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In Defense of the Original Ending of Great Expectations

- In Defense of the Original Ending of Great Expectations   Many critics prefer the original ending to the revised version because it is the ending that Dickens himself decided to write without consulting anyone. Many people believe that since Bulwer-Lytton gave Dickens input on the second ending that it is not as true. Although Dickens may have inadvertently been plagiarizing, the original ending is the way that Dickens felt the novel should end, as opposed to the way Bulwer-Lytton felt it should end....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Problem of Magwitch's return in Great Expectations

- The Problem of Magwitch's return in Great Expectations It would be fair to say that Australia's role in Great Expectations is fairly minimal. It simply functions as a plot device; a place to deposit Magwitch when he is no longer required and a place for him to return from when needed again to further the plot. With the rise in postcolonial studies, however, Australia and Magwitch's experiences there have become the focal points for new readings of the novel. Thus it is through a postcolonial reading of Great Expectations that the issue of Magwitch's return can be addressed....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Creating and Maintaining Suspense in Great Expectations

- Discuss the ways in which Dickens creates and maintains suspense in chapter 39 of Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812, during the Victorian era. He was born in Portsmouth but spent most of his life in London. He was considered to be the best author of Victorian times and his work is still very famous today. His father was a well paid clerk in the Navy and his family were well off and very high up in the social classes. But in 1814 his father fell into a lot of debt and ended up in prison....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Importance of the 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens

- The Importance of the 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. He lived in the Victorian era and was the most famous British novelist of the time, writing thirteen novels including ‘Oliver Twist,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and many more. All of Dickens’ books were serialised, before publishing the novel as a whole. This meant that his books were full of many characters and plot twists in order to keep the reader interested. He often wrote about crime and punishment, childhood and social status....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Character of Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations

- The Character of Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations Mr. Jaggers plays a pivotal role in the novel, Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens. We are first introduced to him in Chapter 11, where Pip encounters the rather condescending lawyer on the stairs of Satis House. Pip describes Mr. Jaggers as "a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion." We cannot help but notice that he is extremely pontificating, by virtue of him holding Pip's chin and being almost sure that Pip was of "a bad set of fellows" although he had scarcely known Pip for two minutes....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Great Expectations: Changes in the Character of Pip

- Changes in the Character of Pip Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a fascinating tale of love and fortune. The main character, Pip, is a dynamic character who undergoes many changes through the course of the book. Throughout this analysis the character, Pip will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be surveyed. The main character, Pip, is a gentle character. His traits include humbleness, kindness, and lovingness. These traits are most likely the cause of his childhood poverty....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Pip as a Sympathetic Character in Great Expectations

- Pip as a Sympathetic Character in Great Expectations Can you imagine being totally in love with someone who is completely turned off by you. This is what happens to Pip. Throughout the book Estella disregards his feelings. In Great Expectations my sympathy for Pip fluctuates. Pip starts out as a sympathetic character because he is poor, his parents are dead, and he must live under Mrs. Joe's strict rules. As the story moves on, my sympathy for Pip decreases in every way except one: his relationship with Estella....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Opening of Dickens' Great Expectations as Compelling

- The Opening of Dickens' Great Expectations as Compelling Charles Dickens's "Great Expectations" contains one of the most famous opening chapters of a novel ever written. It is very effective in making the reader want to read on. He uses many techniques which makes each paragraph flow into the next. The novel was a very popular literary form in the Victorian period, in a time before the invention of modern forms of entertainment such as television and video. As the nineteenth century progressed increasing numbers of people could read....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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A Tale of Two Endings of Great Expectations

- A Tale of Two Endings of Great Expectations When Charles Dickens first drafted Great Expectations, his original ending to the novel provided a concrete conclusion for the story. However, when his editor asked him to revise the ending, he did so, stating that the revised ending was a “pretty… little piece of writing.” (Appendix A) The ambiguity of the revised ending, however, leaves much to be desired. In the original ending, when Biddy questions Pip about his current feelings toward Estella, he claims strongly that he is “sure and certain” that he is over Estella (Appendix A)....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Treatment of the Theme of Childhood in Great Expectations

- The Treatment of the Theme of Childhood in Great Expectations In this novel Dickens shows the treatment of childhood in many ways and through many characters. In the opening few chapters of the novel Dickens shows his opinions of childhood through Philip Pirrip otherwise known as Pip. Pip is first seen in a graveyard on his own reading the tombstones of his other family members who he never knew. The fact that the coming to life of Pip is through death shows that Dickens believes that childhood is an awful time of your life....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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