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Vivid Images of Character and Place in the Opening Chapter To Dickens' Great Expectations

- Vivid Images of Character and Place in the Opening Chapter To Dickens' Great Expectations The opening chapter to Great Expectations introduces Pip who is the main protagonist in the story. He is an orphan and lives with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband who is a blacksmith. The story is set in the graveyard in the time of the Industrial Revolution. In the opening chapter we also see Pip being introduced to a convict who is very poor but very rude to the child. The convict threatens Pip and warns him that if he does not get any food for him, he will be in serious trouble....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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How Dickens Establishes a Strong Sense of Character in the Novel Great Expectations

- How Dickens Establishes a Strong Sense of Character in the Novel Great Expectations In the novel, ‘Great Expectations’, Dickens employs a number of techniques to create a strong sense of his characters. One way in which he does this is by describing the settings in which Magwitch and Miss Havisham are placed, and using them to reflect the characters themselves. He situates both in environments that echo neglect, abandonment and decay, and both have an eerie, hostile feel about them....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Positive and Negative Influences in Great Expectations, Les Miserables, and Wuthering Heights

- In any good novel, and even in life, people can be influenced in both positive and negative ways. In the three novels that we have read so far, Great Expectations, Lés Misérables, and Wuthering Heights, the main characters are faced with negative challenges and influences. Positive guides and influences also affect the characters in these books; the positive guides usually end up winning in the end. In Great Expectations, the main character of the story was Pip. Some of the negative influences that Pip faces include poverty, low self-esteem, abuse, fear, and lack of love....   [tags: Great Expectations, Les Miserables]

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The Cruel and Bitter Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- The Cruel and Bitter Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens At one point in the novel, Dickens tells the reader that Miss. Havisham was a wonderful, beautiful woman and is considered to be a great match. In contrast, when the reader first meets her she is a frightful old woman who cares about nothing but herself. She is determined to live her life in self-pity and seek revenge on all men. In the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham is established as a cruel and bitter old woman trapped in the past, nearly a century ago, when she was abandoned on her wedding day, and is now raising an adopted daughter to seek revenge on all men by breaking their hearts...   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens]

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A Comparison of Chapters 1 and 39 in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- A Comparison of Chapters 1 and 39 in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great Expectations is and epic novel by Charles Dickens. Set in the Victorian times of 1850, it tells the story of Phillip Pirrip (Pip) and his life up into his 30s. Originally used in a magazine as a short story series, it has lengthy chapters and an in depth look into society classes of the time. When Pip was orphaned by the death of his parents and left alone by 5 brothers who did not survive, he was sent to live with his older sister, Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband, Joe Gargery the blacksmith....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Compare Chapter One of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets

- Compare Chapter One of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets the convict, with Chapter 39 when he returns. Pip Pirrip is our main character of the story ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. From what we’ve read in chapter one, we have found out that he is an orphan living in Kent with his older sister and her husband, Joe Gargery. We are not sure about his age but we can guess that he is around eight years old. He meets an escaped convict by the name of Magwitch, who asks him to bring some food and a file so he can escape from the shackles at his feet....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Different Qualities of a Gentleman Portrayed by Charles Dickens in Great Expectations

- Different Qualities of a Gentleman Portrayed by Charles Dickens in Great Expectations In this essay I will be looking at how the different qualities of a 'gentleman' is portrayed, by Charles Dickens, throughout "Great Expectations". In the beginning of the story a 'gentleman' is seen, through Pip, as someone with wealth, education and high social status. This materialistic definition of a gentleman can be seen in the description of the character Bentley Drummle, who clearly isn't a gentleman, "… he was idle, proud, niggardly, reserved and suspicious....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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How Charles Dickens Creates Sympathy for his Characters in Great Expectations

- How Charles Dickens Creates Sympathy for his Characters in Great Expectations Charles Dickens, an author in Victorian England, suffered a harrowing and hard life. He was born in 1812 and having to work at a boot-blacking factory from the age of 12, had a lasting effect on him. The hurt and pain he went through as a young boy, influenced the characters, settings and overall plots of many of his books. He showed resentment towards his father because Dickens was sent to work to pay of his fathers debts....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Character Study of Miss Havishman in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Character Study of Miss Havishman in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Miss Havisham is the representation of a 'faded spectre'. The failed effects of nineteenth centaury chauvinism amalgamating with the product of a rigid society with definite and pre-destined roles for women, in which Miss Havisham fits none. The figure confined to a 'dark chair' is in fact a personification of the themes, which are predominantly based on hatred, betrayal, and morality and criminality....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Strong and Vivid Images of Characters and Settings in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Strong and Vivid Images of Characters and Settings in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations From the Opening chapter, chapter 1 we gain lots of detailed information about pip and get an insight on Victorian life styles. Pips mother and father have both died as well as his five brothers, this shows how tragic infant mortality was during the Victorian period. Pip Is an very imaginative boy we learn this by when pip is looking at his mum and dad grave stones, he imagines what they would look like....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Comparing the Characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Dickens

- Comparing the Characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Dickens Miss Havisham is a bitter old woman. She wants to seek revenge on all men for the wrong that was done to her by one man. She lives in her clothes that she should have worn to her wedding and is surrounded by decaying things in a darkened room. Miss Havisham adopts a young girl Estella, whom she has planed to use her to seek revenge on all men. Miss Havisham is delighted in the way Estella torments Pip....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Concept Of Being A Gentleman in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- 'The beautiful young lady at Miss Havisham's, and she's more beautiful than anybody ever was and I admire her dreadfully and I want to be a gentleman on her account' - Pip (page 126) This is the turning point where Dickens advances the not so clear plot of the story. This is where Pip admits to Biddy he is in love with Estella and wants to become a gentleman. He is, at this point, doing it for the wrong reasons. He is doing it to impress Estella. When Pip is at Miss Havisham's he realises how much social classes actually matter....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

- I'm going to write about where Pip, a boy from a very humble background meets Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady and how Charles Dickens wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards Pip. Pip is about 12 years old. He lives with his older sister, Mrs Joe Gargery, and her husband. His parents died when he was a little boy. His five brothers died as well, so his sister was like a mum to him. He was brought up by his sister and very strictly. He was very polite and obedient to his sister. He wasn't rich, he was a low social class, and in fact he was poor....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Setting and Character Depiction in the Novels Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- The Setting and Character Depiction in the Novels Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In this coursework I will be analysing the comparison and contradictions between the two novels "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck and "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. I will be concentrating on character depiction and setting. The background of both authors will be brightly highlighted to provide an insight into their ideas. Throughout my coursework, I will be constantly referring to each novel in order to provide a thorough analysis....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Interest of the Reader in the Opening Chapters of Great Expectations

- The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Interest of the Reader in the Opening Chapters of Great Expectations The novel "Great Expectations" was written by Charles Dickens who opens the novel by engaging the reader's interest. This is important because if the opening chapters of any novel are not interesting, then the reader is not going to read it and develop a negative attitude towards it. Charles Dickens very successfully uses different kinds of devices to make the reader carry on reading....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Reader in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations

- The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Reader in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations Dickens has succeeded in gaining the reader's sympathy for pip in his first chapter by showing the imagination and desolation of this young childe4. In 'Great expectations' we are presented with a range of vividly drown characters in these opening chapters. The way Dickens describe the man "all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg" he is not wearing a hat which shows us that he is not respectable person and Dickens tells us that he has got great iron on his leg that tells us that he is prisoner and he is running away from prison....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Comparing the Opening Scenes of the David Lean and the B.B.C. Versions of Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

- Comparing the Opening Scenes of the David Lean and the B.B.C. Versions of Great Expectations By Charles Dickens David Lean's version of Great Expectations is in my opinion more effective at showing the fear and tension in Scene 1. David Leans version was made in 1946 so it is shot in black and white. The BBC Version was made in 1997 and was in colour. Lean's version is very similar to the novel more than the B.B.C version. Lean's was the most effective at using most of the dialogue than the B.B.C version....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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The Presentation of Miss Havisham in Chapter 8 and in Chapter 49 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- The Presentation of Miss Havisham in Chapter 8 and in Chapter 49 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In chapter 8 of 'Great Expectations', the author, Charles Dickens, initially presents Miss Havisham through Pip's eyes as an eccentric old lady "her hair was white", who lives in seclusion with her adopted daughter, Estella. She lives vicariously through Estella, all her inner thoughts and feelings are brought to life through Estella; therefore she is able to teach her to break the hearts of men....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Significance of the Title: Great Expectations: Charles Dickens

- Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations (1861) has great significance to the plot. The title itself symbolizes prosperity and most importantly ambition. The main character and the protagonist, Pip (Philip Pirrip) was born an orphan and hand-raised by his sister Mrs. Gargery and her husband Joe Gargery. Pip was a young boy when he was threatened by a convict, Magwitch, at his parents’ grave to aid him. Pip nervously agreed to lend him a hand and was haunted day and night of the sin he committed which involved stealing food and tools from his Mr....   [tags: expectations, wealth, gentleman]

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The Role of Setting in Great Expectations

- In Great Expectations, the three main settings: the Forge, Satis House and London affect the atmosphere of the novel, as well as Pip’s emotions. The three main locations make Pip who he is, and it represents the aspects of himself – his hopes, fear, pride, and shame. Each of these three locations has symbolic characters which represents the aspects of Pip and also the mood. The Forge was a place of harmony and safety, and had the loving mood for Pip. However, as he became a gentleman, he made the decision of abandoning Biddy and Joe....   [tags: Charles Dickens, argumentative, persuasive]

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Guilt and Corruption in Great Expectations

- Guilt and Corruption in Great Expectations The Victorian era is often cited as England’s golden age; however, beneath the trappings of silk and gold lay a society of greed and corruption. The rich lived a lifestyle of luxury and indulgence by exploiting the labor of the poor. Charles Dickens saw the injustice of the class system in Victorian society and worked to highlight the immorality of the upper class through his literature. Because Dickens himself had experienced both poverty and wealth, he recognized the inequality prevalent within the established class system and sought to expose the truth to others through Pip’s journey towards becoming a gentleman....   [tags: the victorian era, england, golden age]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- ... The novel demonstrates how ambition and self-improvement can be blinding and causes one to make mistakes that will cause one later to want to redeem them. Philip “Pip” Pirrip was a character that yearned for ambition and self-improvement because the woman he had great feelings for him told him he was basically coarse and common and thus his “great expectations” for himself began and she was the light of his life. Later on, readers discover someone has “great expectations” of Pip and wishes to turn him into a gentleman, which is the convict whom he first encountered in the first chapter....   [tags: pre-victorian development, ambition]

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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

- 19th century England, also known as the Victorian era, was a period for Queen Victoria 's reign from 1837 to 1901. This was a long period of peace, accomplishment, and self confidence for Britain as they became the wealthiest nation at the time. Industrialization played a big part in the wealth and the mass production of goods during the time, but with the good came the bad. Many people moved from the countryside into the city because there was no need for the farming when things could be done faster in the factories, which became overpopulated and led to diseases....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Victorian era]

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Pip's Relationships in Great Expectations

- In Great Expectations Charles Dickens writes: You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends. (223) At the beginning of the novel, Pip was a slightly fearful boy, afraid of many things, as all young children are. But, ironically, he meets a rather significant man. He meets this man, an escaped convict, in the local marshes near the military barracks. This unusual man, Magwitch provides Pip with his mysterious financial status....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- ... Joe who is the “Angle In The House” along with Magwitch would be the substitute parents to Pip. Magwitch becomes Pip’s secret benefactor establishing Pip with a steady income, while Mr. Joe offers him sincerity and kindness. The fact that Joe forgave Pip after he was so rude to him after traveling to London, illustrates a strong parental bond between the two, because parents should always forgive their children. Although Estella has grown up with the physical support from Miss Havisham, she is also living with the absence of her real parents....   [tags: parents, children, relationship]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- 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....   [tags: book analysis, pip´s life]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Charles Dickens utilizes his life for inspiration for the protagonist Pip in his novel Great Expectations. They both struggle with their social standing. Dickens loved plays and theatre and therefore incorporated them into Pip’s life. Dickens died happy in the middle class and Pip died happy in the middle class. The connection Dickens makes with his life to Pip’s life is undeniable. If readers understand Dickens and his upbringing then readers can understand how and why he created Pip’s upbringing....   [tags: pip, social standing, against slavery]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- “Great Expectations”, perhaps one of Charles Dickens most well renowned and regarded works, illustrates a very biased social class structure throughout the confines of the story. There are the poor, who have nothing but what they earn, “barely enough to survive” by working hard labor jobs for the majority of their life. Then there are the middle class or the “Gentlemen” who do not want but rather, have decent income and are sustained in their desires. As in modern day society, the transcendence from poor “working class” to one of a higher class is usually accompanied by the amount of wealth which one has procured....   [tags: bias social class, poor]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- ... Members of the upper class had better living conditions and better access to medicine than the rest of England. Queen Victoria had nine children with perfect health. The fact was, your health and life depended on your social class and income during the Victorian era. Childhood looked much different for the poor children of the Victorian Era as compared to the rich children. Poor families had to look for any way to make money to survive. Many poor children were part of the Child Labor force. When people realized children could fit into machines easier, work faster, have lower salaries child labor began to rise....   [tags: rip, victorian era, industrial revolution]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- 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....   [tags: Class Mobility, Character Analysis]

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Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

- ... These submitted sketches began his claim to fame, as they were published in 1836 titled “Sketches by Boz.” After that was published to the world, he began to write his soon to be popular story The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (“Dickens: A Brief Biography”). Continuing his new life as a new author, he become a publisher of Bentley’s Miscellany, and started his first novel Oliver Twist 1837 to 1838. (“Charles Dickens Biography”). In his lifetime, he would write 20 books and one unfinished novel, as well as multiple essays and articles....   [tags: Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers]

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Charles Dicken's Great Expectations

- Mark Edmonson asks, in, "Why Read?", how one might, "imagine the good life" (Edmonson 26-27). He says that revealing one's nature and becoming vulnerable through this revelation offers the opportunity for change. In Charles Dickens', "Great Expectations", Pip, the main character, experiences an internal change - or ascension - through experience with his similar exterial advancement - or advancement in social class. He realizes that although the good life appears to be at the climax of exterior - or material - advancement, it is actually an internal ascension, or growth, that fills the void of an unsatisfying life....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

- The perennial pursuit of humankind is finding and establishing a unique identity while still maintaining enough in common with others to avoid isolation. This is the central pursuit of many of the characters in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and it shapes the way that characters feel and interact in profound ways. Those who are certain of their selfhood are the most successful, and the acquisition of an identity is fundamental to achieve happiness and satisfaction for characters in Great Expectations....   [tags: identity, struggle, purpose]

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Charles Dickens's Great Expectations

- “Child abuse and neglect affects over 1 million children every year” (Washington, DC: Prevent Child Abuse America, 2012). How appalling is this. These children have little hope of escaping their home and its members, just like character Estella in the book Great Expectations. Little adopted Estella is verbally beaten by Miss Havisham and has no way of escaping her clutch. The consequences of Miss Havisham’s actions will affect Estella forever. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses Estella’s lack of feelings to exhibit the way Estella has been raised by Miss Havisham....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Living in a world where much about a person’s character is measured by wealth, it has become increasingly important to maintain a separation between material characteristics and intangible moral values. Pip, in Dickens’ Great Expectations, must learn from his series of disappointments and realize the importance of self-reliance over acceptance to social norms. Through his unwavering faith in wealthy “ideals,” such as Miss Havisham and Estella, Pip develops both emotionally and morally, learning that surface appearances never reveal the truth in a person’s heart....   [tags: Pip, literary analysis]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- The novel, Great Expectations, deals with the concepts of a ‘true gentleman’; where the Victorian idea, which is based upon birth, wealth, social status and apparel, contrasts to Dickens’ portrayal of a gentleman who is a person of kindness, humility and generosity. Dickens upbringing and early life allows him to understand the position of the poor due to their humble upbringing, which keeps them in the lower social class. His didactic message, what it is to be a true gentleman, is reinforced by the bildungsroman style of the novel....   [tags: Victorian Ideas, Gentlemen]

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Great Expectations Theme Analysis

- ... This damages Pip’s relationship with those in Kent, and he comes to regret the way he has treated them (Dickens 296). The message that Dickens could be trying to convey is that a culture’s beliefs about social standing and order can significantly affect individuals and their mindsets. Family The theme of family is shown mainly through Pip’s relationship with his brother-in-law, Joe Gargery. In the beginning of the novel, Pip makes it obvious that he dislikes his sister, and takes more of a liking to her husband Joe because Pip is able to sympathize with him (Dickens 40)....   [tags: Charles Dickens]

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Pip's Great Expectations

- ... Soon after explaining his home situation, Pip describes to the reader of his encounter with Ms. Havisham, who he describes as “an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion,” (Dickens 50). Pip is invited by Ms. Havisham to her home (referred to as the Satis House), play with her adopted daughter, Estella. Although the Satis House is not as glorious as it appears on the outside, Pip’s visit there immediately changes his views on his meager life....   [tags: Charles Dickens novel, charcter analysis]

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The Volatile Role of the Women in Great Expectations

- The women in the novel, Great Expectations, are not given the ample opportunities that they would have liked in order to live out their lifelong dreams and hopes. Instead, they have some type of devastating impact that has been brought upon them through a situation that they themselves cannot help. This is evident in the lives of Mrs. Joe, a mere teenager who is forced to raise her brother in a time that is hard to support herself, and Miss Havisham, an elderly woman who’s dreams were torn away when she was left at the altar....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Plausibility in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Plausibility in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The movie, Great Expectations, based on the book of the same name written by Charles Dickens, is about a poor, young boy named Pip who's luck takes a drastic turn for the better when he meets an escaped convict in the marshes near his home. He demands that Pip bring him tools and provisions to aid him in evading the law. However the plan soon fails and the convict is captured. He does surprise Pip though, by keeping his tongue and not turning him in....   [tags: poor young boy, pip, estella]

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'Great Expectations' of Victorian Architecture Work

- The Victorian Period of British History is primarily known as the period of Queen Victoria's reign, which spanned from 1837 to 1901. During the Victorian Period, Britain was under a long period of peace, prosperity, and the nation had great self-confidence. England was under great prosperity with great population increase during this period, in addition, England had also achieved great expectations in architecture. Many great structures were designed and constructed during the Victorian Period, with the architecture movement of Gothic Revival architecture....   [tags: Queen Victoria reign, Charles Dickens]

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Analysis: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

- 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....   [tags: Childhood Influence, Character Development]

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Dickens' Great Expectations: Theme Analysis

- Fiction performs a number of functions, and among these are helping us to understand the world, and helping us to understand the human condition. What is taken from a work of fiction is, however, dependant on who is reading it at the time. In the case of Great Expectations there are a number of themes running through the text including betterment through education, what it is to be a gentleman, respectability and crime, parental /family ties, and industry and idleness. Many of the original readers of the work were not concerned with analysing these various themes, and how Dickens put the work together....   [tags: Themes, Motifs & Symbols]

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A Great Conclusion Given to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- ... Estella's lessons regarding ‘evil’ and somewhat selfishness, does not last; and thus it would only make sense that she will then change her attitude towards Pip as a result of that. While Estella is represented as rotten and cold-hearted, her transformation and change in attitude seems to be fitting, for it makes sense that she would be expressing her regret and pain to Pip -- someone who best understands what is it like to be hurt and tormented by another. This rewritten ending illustrates grief and sorrow that Estella is now feeling towards Pip and this then clearly demonstrates the dynamic and round character that she is, whereas in the original ending, her character is altered, and t...   [tags: gloomy, cruel, transformation]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- A six-year-old boy named Pip lives on the English marshes with his sister (Mrs. Joe Gargery) and his sister's husband (Mr. Joe Gargery). His sister is about as bossy and mean as most older sisters are—but his brother-in-law Joe is pretty much the best thing that's happened to Pip. One Christmas Eve, Pip meets a scary, escaped convict in a churchyard. Pip steals food from Mrs. Joe so that the convict won't starve (and also so that the convict won't rip his guts out). Soon after, in apparently unrelated events, Pip gets asked to play at Miss Havisham's, the creepy lady who lives down the street....   [tags: story and character review]

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Characters in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- The novel starts with introducing the orphan, Pip, who live in the English marshes and is adopted through his sister. He lives with her and her husband, Joe Gargery, who is a Blacksmith. As he is at his parents’ grave, an escaped convict frightens the boy and tells him to bring him food and a file for his shackles, or else he would experience extreme consequences. He steals food from his sister and the file from Joe and sneaks out to deliver the stolen goods. After time passes, Mrs. Joe informs Pip that he is asked to play for Miss Havisham, the richest lady in town....   [tags: pip, Estella, ]

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Crime and Punishment in Great Expectations

- Crime and Punishment in Great Expectations       Throughout Great Expectations, Charles Dickens's attitudes toward crime and punishment differ greatly from his real-life views. Dickens, according to Phillip Collins in Dickens and Crime, "had strong and conflicting feelings about criminals" (1), which explains why he was known to refer to criminals as both "irreclaimable wretches" and "creatures of neglect" (33). The author's contradictions toward crime stem from the fact that Dickens was constantly torn between his childhood memories of prison and poverty and the legal training he gained as an adult....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Sympathy for Magwitch in Great Expectations

- Great Expectations - sympathy for Magwitch. We sympathise for Magwitch a great deal in this book even though he is intimidating at first. As we see his softer side we begin to like him and are touched by the gratitude he shows to Pip later on in the book and the strong friendship they form with each other. The way Magwitch is exploited by the legal system upsets us a great deal and increases the pity we have for him. Dickens' methods of satirizing the legal system and contradicting the stereotypes of convicts in the nineteenth century are very affective in making the reader feel pathos for Magwitch....   [tags: English Literature]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Task: Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the Novel. Consider: v How the Novel/ Pip’s journey is a Bildungsroman v What Pip wants/ How he changes v How Dickens matches setting to charater v Victorian society/ penal, Criminal system, Education v Pip as a Narrator/ His description of his Ambitions Great Expectations was written in 1860 by Charles Dickens, and is set in the Early Victorian Ages. In this novel we follow, a main protagonist, Pip, however his legal name is Phillip Pirrip, “my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip....   [tags: English Literature]

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Forgiveness In Dickens' Great Expectations

- Forgiveness In Dickens' Great Expectations                 Miriam A felt completely choleric. She just could not forgive her husband's apologies anymore. Almon B was a drunkard. When he came home intoxicated, he was always extremely apologetic and told her that he'd never get drunk again. Miriam now knew that Almon was not really repentant. She could forgive him until she was blue, but unless Almon truly repented, their marriage would not work. Forgiveness is an important aspect in the family as well as in society, which is built on the family....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Great Expectations: Use of Irony

- Great Expectations: Use of Irony Many professors, analysts, and common readers believe that Great Expectations was possibly the best work of Charles Dickens. Perhaps it was because of the diverse themes displayed by Dickens, which modulate as the story progresses. A clear example of the measures taken by the author to create diversity, is the application of irony. Dickens uses Rony to create suspense and conflict in plot events related to Estella, Miss Havisham, the convict, Joe, and Mrs....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Chapter 39 of Great Expectations

- Why is chapter 39 of Great Expectations a key chapter and how does Dickens convey its importance and drama to the reader. Chapter 39 is a pivotal chapter in the novel because Pip finally finds out who his benefactor is and how his feelings are portrayed through the language Dickens used. I will also explain in this essay how Dickens has conveyed to the reader. In the beginning of the chapter the reader is reminded of the age Pip is ‘I was three and twenty years of age.’ This is reminding the reader that many years had passed and that Pip had nothing to ‘enlighten’ him on his expectations....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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Character Analysis in Pip in Charles Dickens´ Great Expectations

- Everyone in life struggles to live up to what others and society expects them to be in life, the next Harvard Graduate, or the next new celebrity. But, these expectations can begin to define a person if he believes he has to conform to society's expectations. In Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations", young Pip feels the pressure from society and his love, Estella, to become a gentleman. By attempting to rise in his social class Pip then abandons his previous good morals and his family members when he moves to London....   [tags: society, love, gentleman, ideal, morals]

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Symbolic References in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- On most occasions, an object can be more clearly explained to the reader if the writer uses a symbol to represent it. In politics, flags, banners, acronyms, and pictures can be used as a symbol. For example, the United States flag contains fifty stars, each star representing a state. It also contains thirteen horizontal stripes. These stripes signify the thirteen colonies. Symbols are also used in math operations, shapes, and sets of numbers. For instance, in the equation 20+10=30, the + symbol is used for addition, and the = symbol is used to show the answer for the equation....   [tags: Novel, Symbolism, English]

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Serendipity and Great Expectations

- Serendipity and Great Expectations Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and written by Mitch Glazer, Great Expectations is a movie about the love of a man for an unreachable woman, and how fate ultimately brings them together. Serendipity directed by Peter Chelsom, is a more predictable romantic comedy that relies on destiny to bring a couple together, after the many coincidences that linked them to one another. Serendipity and Great Expectations both revolve around life’s great coincidences due to fate, and how their characters indulge in the direction fate leads them....   [tags: Movies Films Love Fate Essays]

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Settings in Great Expectations

- Show how Dickens uses settings in Great Expectations to enhance our understanding of character and the symbolic elements of the plot - Great expectations Show how Dickens uses settings in Great Expectations to enhance our understanding of character and the symbolic elements of the plot. As we notice in the novel 'Great Expectations', Charles Dickens uses many different narrative techniques other than the usual description. One of these techniques is that of describing character through a specific setting....   [tags: English Literature]

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Great Expectations: Movie Review

- "Great Expectations Review" Great Expectations is based on a novel written by Charles Dickens, directed by David Lean. The story follows the development of a blacksmith's apprentice named Pip into a fine young gentleman. Due to the efforts of an unknown benefactor, young Pip is taken from his working-class roots and set on a course of social advancement in London. All the while, he dreams of marrying the man-hating Miss Havisham's adopted daughter, the beautiful Estella. The costumes in this movie were used very symbolically....   [tags: Film Review]

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Herbert in Great Expectations

- The only real gentleman in Great Expectations is Herbert. Write an essay arguing either for or against this point of view using quotations to support your arguments. The only real gentleman in Great Expectations is Herbert. Write an essay arguing either for or against this point of view using quotations to support your arguments. You should look at other characters, for example, Pip, Joe, Drummle and Compeyson. You will need to define exactly what you think is meant by a 'gentleman'. Throughout Great Expectations, the author, Charles Dickens, makes a point of focussing on 'gentlemen', in particular, Herbert Pocket, Pip Pirrip, Bentley Drummle, Compeyson, and Joe Gargery....   [tags: English Literature]

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Great Expectations’ main character, Phillip Pirrip- generally known as Pip- had a rough upbringing as a child. His sister, Mrs. Joe had “brought him up by hand”, after their parents and five brothers had all been laid to rest many years ago. Another character, Herbert Pocket experienced a bizarre childhood, though in a different manner. Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations develops through the novel following Pip, a young “common boy” who grew up in the countryside. As he matured so did his love for a girl of higher class, Estella....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Great Expectations by Dickens

- Great Expectations Comment on Dickens' use of setting focusing on the opening graveyard scene and the scenes with Miss Havisham set in the Satis house. GCSE Coursework 'Great Expectations' Comment on Dickens' use of setting focusing on the opening graveyard scene and the scenes with Miss Havisham set in the Satis house As a skilled writer Dickens has chosen a perfect setting in which corresponds to the involvement of his characters. The dark isolated graveyard associates with death, and provides a backdrop that is very similar to the appearance of a criminal, in the society in Dickens' time....   [tags: English Literature]

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My Great Expectations

- My Great Expectations Everything that I have experienced so far in Flagstaff has been great. In the next four years there are many new thing that I will experience here that I never have by living in phoenix. Also I would like to leave here with a lot more knowledge about different things like business and the community of this city. In the outstanding city of Flagstaff I came with a lot of expectation, will experience many knew things in my college years, and also have two main goals before I leave this city....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens `Lord of the Flies`, by William Golding was written in 1954 almost a century after Charles Dickens wrote `Great Expectations`, in 1860. Both of the novels are considered as being classics and have been made into films and the books while seeming completely different do have similarities although they are in different social, historical and cultural settings. The frameworks of the books are completely different, `Lord of the Flies` starts as a traditional boy's adventure story like `Coral Island`, by R.M....   [tags: Golding Dickens Expectations flies Essays]

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Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens'Great Expectations Both Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, and Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, have many Victorian similarities. Both novels are influenced by the same three elements. The first is the gothic novel, which instilled mystery, suspense, and horror into the work. The second is the romantic poets, which gave the literature liberty, individualism, and nature. The third is the Byronic hero, which consists of the outcast or rebel who is proud and melancholy and seeks a purer life....   [tags: Compare Contrast Eyre Expectations Essays]

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Darwinism in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Few people argue that Great Expectations, one of Dickens’s later novels, is a Darwinian work. Goldie Morgentaler, in her essay “Meditating on the Low: A Darwinian Reading of Great Expectations,” is one of those few. She argues primarily that Darwin’s Origin of the Species was a major topic of discussion in Dickens’s circle at the time he wrote Great Expectations, and that Great Expectations “marks the first time that Dickens jettisons heredity as a determining factor in the formation of the self” (Morgentaler, 708)....   [tags: Social Darwinism Essays]

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A Comparison of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist

- A Comparison of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist      Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are representative of the works produced by Charles Dickens over his lifetime. These novels exhibit many similarities - perhaps because they both reflect painful experiences that occurred in Dickens' past. During his childhood, Charles Dickens suffered much abuse from his parents.1 This abuse is often expressed in his novels. Pip, in Great Expectations, talked often about the abuse he received at the hands of his sister, Mrs....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities

- Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities are two of the greatest English novels ever written. One chronicles the twists and turns of the life of a young man named Pip while the other serves as an account of the story of one family during the French Revolution. In both novels, there are contrasts between characters that are representative of the themes of the novels. In Great Expectations, the themes are good vs. evil and guilt vs....   [tags: essays papers]

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eight of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

- Compare the The Darkness Out There by Penelope Lively and chapter eight of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. In your essay explore plot, characters, setting, themes, language and structure. in The texts I have studied, going to discuss and compare are 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. These texts were written in different periods of time, therefore they have differences in their outlook on life. For e.g. Great Expectations was written in the pre-20th century and includes major variations about his way of life, however The Darkness Out There was written in the 1970's and contains a younger more up to date example of text....   [tags: English Literature]

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Childhood in Great Expectations and Jane Eyre

- Compare the presentation of childhood in Great Expectations and Jane Eyre Both "Jane Eyre" and "Great Expectation" adopt a typically Victorian outlook on childhood, which can seem quite alien set against modern values. However in both books, and particularly in "Jane Eyre", there is an effort to create a convincing expression of childhood through strong emphasis of the child's point of view above all others. In both books there is a interesting use of hindsight within the first person narration; not only does the narrator describe their childhood with perfect clarity of detail "before the long hour and a half of prayers and Bible-reading was over, I felt ready to perish with cold....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Power of Great Expectations and Jane Eyre

- The Power of Great Expectations and Jane Eyre       Many novels have been written in many different eras. Each era has its `reform' novel or piece of literature, or pieces of work that "broke the mold". For the Greeks, it was Homer's Odyssey; for the Renaissance, it was The Essays: Of Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne; for the Medieval era, it was Dante Alighieri's Inferno. It was the same in the Victorian era, which ran from 1850 to about 1900. The reform authors were Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations"

- A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations" Of all the modern theories that are embraced under the umbrella-term of `critical Theory', feminist criticism is undoubtedly the most agreeable to apply. Drawing on notions and theories from psychoanalytical criticism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, and Marxist criticism, it seeks to bring to light the inequality between the sexes in literature, and how our entire social ideology is in fact structured according to `the male gaze'....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Portrayal of the Victorian Era in Great Expectations

- Written during the Victorian Era (1850-1900) Charles Dickens's Great Expectations has echoes of Victorian Morality all throughout the novel. When looked up in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, morality is defined as "the evaluation of or means of evaluating human conduct as a set of ideas of right and wrong and as a set of customs of a given society, class, or social groups which regulate relationships and prescribes modes of behavior to enhance the groups survival." Although the Victorian Era occurred over one hundred years ago, the given definition is clearly portrayed through the use of several morally different characters....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Vengeful Miss Havisham - Great Expectations

- The Vengeful Miss Havisham - Great Expectations. In Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham is a complex character whose past remains a mystery. We know about her broken engagement, an event that changes her life forever. Miss Havisham desperately wants revenge, and Estella, her adopted daughter, is the perfect tool to carry out her motives. With her plan of revenge in mind, Miss Havisham deliberately raises Estella to avoid emotional attachment and treat those who love her with cruelty....   [tags: English Literature]

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Dickens' Social Commentary in Great Expectations

- Dickens' Social Commentary in Great Expectations               Charles Dickens' Great Expectations stands as one of the most highly revered works in all of English literature. The novel's perennial appeal lies in its penetrating depictions of character, rich panoramas of social milieu, and implicit crusades against social evils.1 Dickens used the growth of his characters in Great Expectations, particularly Pip, in relation to others to write about social reform, and most effectively illustrated this by using the first-person narrative style....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens

- Great Expectations Coursework How does Dickens engage the reader in ‘Great Expectations’. ‘Great Expectations’ was written by Charles Dickens in the Victorian times where gothic elements were greatly enjoyed by the readers at that time. In the Victorian age, crimes would be taken extremely seriously and any thief caught would be taken to the Hulks (prison ships). The title ‘Great Expectations’ gives us the idea that the novel is about the high hopes about Pip’s life or future. ‘Great Expectations’ was serialised, where two chapters were published every week....   [tags: English Literature]

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Fairy tale conventions and Great Expectations

- Fairy tale conventions and Great Expectations Great Expectations and Fairy tales Tolkien describes the facets which are necessary in a good fairy tales as fantasy, recovery, escape, and consolation - recovery from deep despair, escape from some great danger, but most of all, consolation. Speak- ing of the happy ending,…all complete fairy stories must have it…However fantastic or terrible the adventure, it can give to child or man that hears it,…a catch of breath, a beat and lifting of the heart near to tears....   [tags: essays papers]

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Comparison of Values in Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby

- The very essence of money creates an urge in human nature to obtain it and have an excess of it. When people come into wealth and begin rising on the social ladder, they usually become corrupted, and compromise their personal values. In the novels, Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby, the protagonists, Pip and Jay Gatsby respectively, believe their wealth is used for the common good, but in reality many values are being compromised. Pip and Gatsby both utilize their money in an attempt to bring the women they love into their lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Analysis of "Great Expectations"

- Everybody changes as they grow up, for one reason or another. If because of money or love, people change. This is no different for a young man named Phillip Pirrip, otherwise known as Pip. Pip changes in many different ways, many different times. We see that Pip changes quite often, from a scared, common, poor boy to a rich, upstanding gentlemen. "no man who was not a true gentleman at heart, ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner." (Sparknotes) As the beginning of the story unfolds, we learn that Pip is a small, orphaned boy who lives with his abusive sister and her husband....   [tags: European Literature]

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Candide and Great Expectations: Comparing Candide and Pip

- Candide, by Voltaire, and Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, are two novels written in different periods of time and by authors with different backgrounds. Their main characters are consequently not identical to each other. The fundamental difference between Candide and Pip as characters is that Candide shows us only his outer countenance while Pip lets us know the deepest of his feelings. Candide is one of those "follow the leader" type characters, that doesn't do much thinking for himself....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Voltaire]

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Comparing Themes in The Return of the Native and Great Expectations

- Themes in The Return of the Native and Great Expectations        Classic novels usually share in the aspect of universal themes which touch people through out the ages. All types of audiences can relate to and understand these underlying ideas. Victorian novels such as Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations are examples of literary classics that have universal themes. Hardy's tale illustrates the role of chance in his characters lives. Through the story we encounter events of pure coincidence and their effects....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Laws, Crime and Punishment in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Laws, Crime and Punishment in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Great Expectations criticises the Victorian judicial and penal system. Through the novel, Charles Dickens displays his point of view of criminality and punishment. This is shown in his portraits of all pieces of such system: the lawyer, the clerk, the judge, the prison authorities and the convicts. In treating the theme of the Victorian system of punishment, Dickens shows his position against prisons, transportation and death penalty....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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