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The Role of Women in Great Expectations - Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, and died in 1870; Dickens was the most influential and popular English novelist, of the Victorian age. He is even considered the most popular novelist in 21st century. During Dickens lifetime, he became well known internationally for his extraordinary characters, his mastery of prose in telling their lives, and his portrayal of the social classes. Some people thought of Dickens as the spokesman of the poor, as he represented the awareness of their troubles....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Punishment of Women in Great Expectations - The Punishment of Women in Great Expectations In Great Expectations, a prevailing theme is crime and punishment, and the novel accordingly explores the role of women in the Victorian society. On the one hand, there are a few female characters that are depicted with an innate moral goodness; on the other hand, there are those who are morally depraved. The difference between these doubles is striking and sometimes exaggerated, which creates a clear contrast between the characters who adapt to the imposed morals of Victorian culture, and those who do not....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Two Worlds in Great Expectations - As spoken by Mr. Jaggers in the famed book, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, “ Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he has Great Expectations (Dickens 107).” This statement was the single event that allowed for the rest of the occurrences of the book to happen as they did. It is very clear to me that the absence of this event would have deprived Pip of the great lessons he learned while being stuck between two worlds. Also, it would have been impossible for the other protagonists to mature to the point where they could also have had the same epiphany that Pip was so privileged to experience....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1023 words
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The Prodigal Son in Great Expectations - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is an elaborate retelling of the Biblical parable of the prodigal son (Ryken 157). It follows the life of Pip as he rises through and falls from society. He begins his life as an orphaned boy in a blacksmith’s home to become a young gentleman of “great expectations”. Pip forsakes the love and care of his guardian, Joe Gargery, for advancement in society. Misfortunes befall him; he loses all his wealth and he is forced to return to his home. Pip is the prodigal son who ungratefully leaves his home and squanders all his wealth....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Fear and Tension in Great Expectations - How does Dickens create an atmosphere of fear and tension in the opening chapters of Great Expectations. Explain briefly how effectively these chapters prepare the reader for the revelations at the end of the second stage of Pip’s expectations and expose the frailty of Pip’s assumptions about the identity of his benefactor. Charles Dickens successfully creates an atmosphere of fear and tension in the opening chapters by using characters to a remarkable effect, amplifying the differences between the two most important characters....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1649 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Stinner 1 In Charles Dickens’ magnum opus Great Expectations, there are many dynamic characters and plot devices, which flow the story. One of them is the main character, Pip, who ultimately goes through the most character development with the help of outside forces and developed, minor characters. Most of Pip’s character development, however, is from his motivation to become part of the aristocratic upper class of England. Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations shows the character motivation of Pip, whose desire of wealth and belonging to aristocratic society in Victorian England causes drastic self-improvement throughout the novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Characters of Great Expectations - “He was whatever he needed to be, what we asked him to be... a teacher, a magician, a savior, a life” (245). Mr. Watts is one of the central focuses of the story along with Dolores, Matilda’s mother. The two characters are polar opposites in the way they come to their conclusions, make their decisions and view their world. With growth comes decision making in which comes greater changes, the motif of choice is woven through the novel of Mister Pip, whether its Dolores deciding to hide “Great Expectations” from the villagers causing greater occurrences or Mr....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 586 words
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Mister Watts of Great Expectations - “He was whatever he needed to be, what we asked him to be... a teacher, a magician, a savior, a life.” (245) Mister Watts is one of the central focuses of the story along with Dolores, Matilda’s mother. The two characters are polar opposites in the way they make their decisions and view the world. With growth comes decisiveness in which comes greater changes, the motif of choice is entwined all through the novel of Mister Pip, whether its Dolores deciding to hide the novel, “Great Expectations” from the villagers causing greater occurrences or Mister Watts becoming a shape shifter; taking the form of what is needed, including his life....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1214 words
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Great Expectations - Pip's Life - In stage two of Great Expectations, we are observers to the happenings in Pip's new home of London. Pip's simple life in Kent is vastly different from his privileged life in the metropolis. For example, in Kent there were so few people that everybody knew everybody else, whereas, in Pip's new abode, there are many more people which makes it impossible to know everybody. However, we can see that there are similarities in the personalities of the city-dwellers and the inhabitants of Kent. Along with these changes from small town to metropolis, there also comes a whole plethora of positive and negative experiences that allow Pip to grow as a person....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 714 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Character Information: Pip- Pip is the protagonist and the narrator of Great Expectations. Pip wants the best in life. The entire novel is him seeking his “Great Expectations”. Pip is very passionate and has a great conscience. The entirety of the novel is him wants to improve himself. Pip is the reason that his novel is a bildungsroman. Once he learned all the lessons he needed to in the novel he fully matured. Many of the events that happened to Pip are a representation of what happened to Dickens in his early life....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Biographical Information: Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. He spent the first nine years of his life in Kent, England. When he was nine, his family moved to London. He was one of eight children and his family was deep in financial troubles. These financial troubles caused him to be withdrawn from school in 1824 and begin work in a boot-blacking factory when his entire family, except for Charles, was sent to a debtor’s prison for 3 months. After they were released, Dickens attended a private school for three years....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Social Class in Great Expectations - In Great Expectations, Pip changed his social class immensely. Pip did not understand how a poor family could be happy. Pip thought that social class was everything in life. He also thought that money was very important. In reality, it turns out that money and social rank do not matter in life. What really matters is being connected and having relationships with family and friends. Pip finds that out the hard way. In Great Expectations, Pip is exposed to many different social classes, he acts very differently, he finds out how lonely he becomes, and how family and friends mean everything in life....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Unexpected Influences in Great Expectations - When one thinks of a strong, influential person, they most likely will first think of a world leader or president. These are examples of influential leaders, but in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the most influential characters on Pip are people who would appear to be minor female characters in the novel. One would assume since the time of Great Expectations was set the first half of the 19th Century, which was the time of the Victorian Era, that the men of the novel would have a greater influence on the women of the novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1558 words
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Identity Development in Great Expectations - Great Expectations tells the ultimate rags to riches story of the Orphan Pip. Dickens takes his readers through life changing events that ultimately mold the identity of the main character. Dividing these events into sections will provide the basis for interpreting which events had the most profound effect on Pip’s identity towards the end of the novel. These life-changing events provide the catalyst for the development of Pip’s character from childhood, his adolescence, maturing into a social gentleman, and finally becoming a self-aware man of society....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Miss Havisham in Great Expectations - The renowned poet, Richard Lovelace, once wrote that "stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage." Most people imagine a prison as a physical building or a jailhouse; however, it can also be a state of mind. A large number of people are imprisoned physically, mentally, and emotionally. Charles Dickens conveys this idea through many characters in his famous novel, Great Expectations; the most prominent being Miss Havisham, a bitter old woman whose life came to a standstill after she was abandoned by her lover on her wedding day....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens - Imprisonment and captivity are both actions that when are taken literally allow a person to repent for what they have done wrong. Great Expectations is a novel in which Charles Dickens utilizes the theme of imprisonment and captivity to help the reader better their exploration of his characters. Such exploration allows the reader to understand how and why the characters are imprisoned and gives insight into their personalities. Some of the characters are literally imprisoned and get a chance to think about the wretched things they have done that put them in prison....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1144 words
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Great Expectations for All - Introduction As humans grow up, they must all experience the awkward phase of the teen years, as they leave behind childhood for adulthood. In these times of transformations, one often finds themselves marred by the wicked ways of naïve love and the humiliation many experience. In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, one is able to watch an innocent boy’s transformation into a mature gentleman who is still a child at heart. Pip is plagued with the daunting responsibilities of adulthood and deciding where his loyalties lay....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Themes in Great Expectations - Great Expectations, a novel published by Charles Dickens in 1862, is about a young boy named Pip who explores the differences between divisions of each social class. He starts at the very bottom as a common young boy, then he inherits a large amount of money and slowly starts climbing his way up to the top of the social pyramid. This change in social status brought change to his personality also. He went from being a caring gentlemen, to a rich, apathetic snob. Charles Dickens uses humor and satire throughout the novel, lots of irony, repetition, and the use of inanimate objects to show emotion....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations, Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens used his own personal experiences and views to create the setting in his novels, as it is seen in Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, and Bleak House. The role of the setting in each book is to create the mood and support the characters. (Davis 350) In Dickens’ novels the setting helps the reader better understand the time period and the problems the people of London faced with the political and social structure in place at the time. It also gives insight into the lives of the people through the intricate detail....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2995 words
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Tension in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations - Charles Dickens’ world applauded novel of Great Expectations creates tension to grab the audience’s attention instantaneously because of the language devices he delicately lays out throughout the novel. This persuades the reader to go on and find out about what Pip would get up to, what sort of situations he will come across, and what his reactions would be towards the story. He does this in order to inform the audience of the daily problems that occur in the Victorian society and the conclusion the characters come to such as, becoming a gentleman, then changing completely, like Dickens says ‘snob’....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1566 words
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Summary and Analysis of Dickens' Great Expectations - Great Expectations is a comprehensive novel written by Charles Dickens and shows a moral development of a child. Pip, the main character in the story, is a young orphaned child that lives with his sister and her husband, Joe. He is raised and spends his childhood in the area with Joe, his acquaintance. On a special day, Uncle Pumblechook takes Pip to go play at Miss Havisham’s house. Miss Havisham is very eccentric as she keeps all the clocks in her house kept at the same time and still wears her old wedding dress....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 559 words
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Great Expectations: A Glimpse Into Victorian England - Great Expectations was a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1860. Dickens was born on February 7th 1812, in Hampshire. Charles was working for long hours in extremely bad conditions at the age of 12, experiences like have a huge influence on the way he writes his novels because they’re mostly about how the poor lived during Victorian Britain. Great expectations was set in Victorian Britain in the early nineteenth century, where women were seen more as objects or property than a human, where people where divided into social classes, e.g....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1941 words
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Redemption in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - The idea of redemption is an idea that has existed for as long as humanity has. Therefore, it should be no surprise to see the idea of redemption in the literature of many different periods, let alone the Romantic period. Throughout Great Expectations, characters experience redemption in a manner of ways. Characters go through vast changes and lives change unexpectedly. A theme and motif of redemption is clearly developed in Great Expectations. Some ways this theme of redemption is express during the book are, when Pip gets a mysterious note to go to the marches and is ambushed and almost killed, Throughout the story when Pip warms up to Magwitch, When Pip realizes how much he loves Joe and...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Unexpected Expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel "Great Expectations" - The expectations others have for those around them play a large part in how they live their lives. One boy’s life is turned around completely by others’ expectations in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This boy, named Pip, far exceeds his own expectations for his life when given the opportunity to rise from a lowly blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman and raise his place in society. Through this, the theme of expectation is shown as Pip’s future begins to change for the better; and the significance of the roles that Joe, Estella, and Magwitch have in impacting Pip’s circumstances....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ] 669 words
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Great Expectations Analysis - Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens during the Victorian period and follows the life of Pip, our protagonist, as he works his way up the social hierarchy of the Victorian society. It was first published as series from 1860 to 1861. It is written as a bildungsroman: a genre of writing which pursues the life of a character from their childhood to their adult life. This novel has been hugely influenced by the author’s own life; who also worked his way up the social ladder. The story is written in a retrospective narrator: older Pip is looking back to his childhood and telling the story....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1601 words
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Great Expectations - Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a compelling work that highlights the life of a young man Pip from childhood to adulthood. In his life this character goes through so many experiences that all contribute towards his growth and development. The theme of love is dominant in this novel as presented by the main characters and the other characters. The different types of love articulated in the story have important roles in the life of Pip as the main character. The life of Pip as the story unfolds is full of so many miseries....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations - The novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a compelling book which many people consider to be one of Charles Dickens’ greatest works. Great Expectations is a novel that has many elements that help the growth and development of Phillip Pirrip, better known as Pip. But none of these elements can be more evident than the kinds of love and their different roles in Pips life. In order to answer how love has influenced Pip’s life we must first define what love is. According to Miss Havisham love is, The different types of love and their roles in Pips life is represented differently by the different characters....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 3113 words
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Great Expectations - In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, the main character named Pip suffers through a conflict of confusing good and bad people. He repeatedly disregards the people that love and care for him and instead chooses to care for people who do not care for him. When making these choices, Pip senses that he is making the wrong decisions and therefore confuses good and bad and also confuses himself. After Pip first meets Estella, he begins to dislike everything he has ever known. He is uncomfortable feeling common in front of Estella and takes out his frustration on Joe, the one who brought him up to be common....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1608 words
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Great Expectations - The Mannequin The novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is one of unrequited love and the desperation for elitism for Pip, a poor orphan boy. Pip is starstruck by Estella, the haughty and cruel, even violent, “daughter” of a rich and eccentric elderly woman named Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham controls and teaches Estella instructions to break the hearts of men as her own personal vendetta against all men after her love for a man is unrequited. Estella has no feelings and even admits that she has “… not bestowed [her] tenderness anywhere” (251)....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1332 words
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Opening Lines in Dickens' Great Expectations - How effective are the opening of ‘Great Expectations.’ Opening Chapter The novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was written between December 1860 and August 1861, and was published in instalments in a magazine. Charles Dickens was known as a ‘social reformer’ and many of his novels reflect on poverty, justice and punishment in novels such as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was also concerned about prison systems and he campaigned long and hard against public executions, using his fame to bring the horrors of the situation to light....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1628 words
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Sypmathy for Pip and the Convict in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations - Great Expectations How does dickens enable the reader to sympathise with pip and the convict in the opening chapter of great expectations. On Christmas Eve, Phillip Pirrip nicknamed Pip, an orphan boy raised by his sister Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband encounters a frightening man in the bleak village churchyard overgrown with nettles. The man, a convict who had escaped from a prison ship, scares Pip into stealing him some food and a file to grind away his leg shackle. Pip's kindness warms the convict's heart....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1093 words
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Dickens' Life Expressed Through Pip in Great Expectations - Great Expectations was a novel written by Charles Dickens. It was first published in serial form from 1st December 1860 and then further on was released in book form in August 1861, although was previously issued by David Copperfield in 1849. This novel reworks his own childhood as a first-person narrative; Dickens was fortunate and had an advantage of writing Great Expectations due to him living in the Victorian times, and he related his life experiences with the main character of the play, ‘Pip’....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 600 words
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Flaws in the Upper Class: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is much more than a story about a boy who falls in love with the idea of a part of the being upper class, it is about the faults Dickens sees in upper class society. During the time this novel took place, (the 1800s), the behaviors of the upper class were much more strict and conservative than they are now. Men and women were expected to have thorough educations and behave appropriately in social situations. Throughout the novel, Dickens uses satire and his knowledge of social classes to emphasize his feelings of the upper, middle, and lower class....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Exploitation of Language in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Charles Dickens the notorious author of Great Expectations exploits language to its utmost dignification and to an unforeseen approach. This is perceived as a noticeable technique especially towards the presentation of particular characters that are portrayed in a certain and unique manner. This is clearly evident throughout the portrayal of Miss Havisham. Dickens illustrates an unconventional persona in Miss Havisham and appears together to assimilate and refute the civil principles of single women distinctively during the Victorian era....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 574 words
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Great Expectations - A Cinderella Story - Great Expectations - A Cinderella Story In the profound novel, Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, the main character "Pip" is put through many tests that examine the type of man Pip strives to be and the type of man Pip really is. Pip's relationships with two central characters, Tom and Magwitch, are examined closely in this essay, and through these relationships, Pip's character is visible. Great Expectations is, in a sense, a Cinderella story in which Pip's fairy godmother turns out to be a convict running from the law....   [tags: Great Expectations] 1282 words
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Wealth in Jane Eyre and Great Expectations - To many material wealth is the epitome of mankind’s earthly desires. With wealth comes money, possessions, a promise of freedom from social constraints and the ability to pursue your dreams. However, the influence it has on a person’s character can be a stark reminder of what the misuse of wealth can ultimately lead to. In both Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte the corrupting nature of monetary wealth is displayed through the lives of multiple characters. It is easy to see that a preoccupation with money blinds people to the prosperity that stands before them and can lead them down roads that end with nothing more than loneliness, misery or even death....   [tags: jane eyre, bronte, great expectations, dickens, co]
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Great Expectations - The Growth of Pip in Society - Great Expectations - The Growth of Pip in Society When Joe visits Pip in London, he stays with him at Mr. Jaggers' house. Pip says that "he had little objection to his being seen by Herbert or his father, but he had the sharpest sensitiveness to his being seen by Drummle" (218). This shows that after time had past without Joe, Pip has become self conscious of him and does not want his friends to meet him, afraid that they might think less of him. Since Pip has made such good friends with everyone in his quest to becoming a gentleman, he is afraid of what they might think of him after meeting Joe....   [tags: Great Expectations] 2037 words
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The Maturation of Pip in Great Expectations - The Maturation of Pip in Great Expectations In Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, the author begins the tale by revealing Pip's arrogance towards previous companions. By the end of the story, we learn of Pip's love and compassion for everyone. In Great Expectations, during the middle of the book, Pip creates a rather low opinion of himself acting arrogant and conceited to others. For example, When Joe is coming to visit Pip, Pip thinks to himself, "I was looking forward to Joe's coming not with pleasure, thought that I was bound to him......   [tags: Free Great Expectations Essays] 695 words
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The Theme of Imprisonment in Great Expectations - The Theme of Imprisonment in Great Expectations       The renowned poet, Richard Lovelace, once wrote that "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage." Although many think of a prison as a physical building or a jailhouse, it can also be a state of mind. A great number of people are imprisoned mentally and emotionally. Charles Dickens expresses this message in his eminent novel, Great Expectations. This book is about a simple laboring boy who grew into a gentleman, and slowly realized that no matter what happened in his life it couldn't change who he was on the inside....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Importance of Settings in Great Expectations - The Importance of Settings in Great Expectations The purpose of setting is to provide a physical background for the narrative and it must enhance or advance the plot. In “Great Expectations” Dickens has varied and contrasted his settings (on purpose), to make the changes in characters personalities more appropriate. For example Pip goes from a poor, working class boy from the marshes, to a socialite of the upper class who is arrogant and proud in London. In his choice of setting Dickens has made sure that his settings tie in with his characters social class, he has done this with Jaggers the lawyer who lives in London, Wemmick his assistant who lives in a quiet, small, eccentric urban ho...   [tags: English Literature Great Expectations] 1507 words
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The Development of Pip in Great Expectations - The Development of Pip in Great Expectations As Pip grows throughout the novel, he develops and matures from a naive, young boy to a moral gentleman by the three main stages that take place throughout his life. In the first stage of Pip's life he is young and does not understand what it means to be a gentleman and how it can affect his life. Pip basically asks for three wishes in the first stage. He wants education, wealth, and social advancement. These three wishes are mostly so he can impress Estella, who is the symbol of this first stage....   [tags: Free Great Expectations Essays] 533 words
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The Success of Wemmick in Great Expectations - The Success of Wemmick in Great Expectations       Wemmick provides a complicated, yet interesting separation of his home life and work life. His home and work lives are as different in physical appearances as they are in personality differences. Many of his home habits allow him to express his care and decency, which contrasts with his mechanical work which lacks good value. Wemmick dedicates himself to separating the two so that he may keep his virtues intact while he works in the filth of Newgate....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Bildungsroman and Pip's Great Expectations -      On the surface, Great Expectations appears to be simply the story of Pip from his early childhood to his early adulthood, and a recollection of the events and people that Pip encounters throughout his life. In other words, it is a well written story of a young man's life growing up in England in the early nineteenth century. At first glance, it may appear this way, an interesting narrative of youth, love, success and failure, all of which are the makings of an entertaining novel. However, Great Expectations is much more....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Dickens' Use of Devices to Engage the Reader's Interest in Great Expectations - Great Expectations is one of Dickens’ greatest accomplishments, properly concentrated and related in its parts at every level of reading. Dickens skillfully catches the reader's attention and sympathy in the first few pages, introduces several major themes, creates a mood of mystery in a lonely setting, and gets the plot moving immediately. Every detail of the setting, devices, language and characterisation and some further aspect of narrative voice are necessary for the full apprehension of the reader....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1749 words
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Great Expectations and The Go Between - Great Expectations and The Go Between Both Great Expectations and The Go Between concern young men from lowly backgrounds who find themselves thrust into the world of the leisured classes and are changed forever. What similarities and differences do you see between the ways in which the two authors handle and develop this shared situation. The reason why we have chosen to compare and contrast Great Expectations and The Go Between is because they have many obvious and many subtle similarities which I am to discuss during t he course of this Essay....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1953 words
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Women and Property in Great Expectations - Women and Property in Great Expectations        Women and property is one of the central themes in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Dickens wrote this novel during the mid-nineteenth century, a period when women's property rights were being intensely debated in England. His depiction of propertied women in the novel reflects Victorian England's beliefs about women's inability to responsibly own and manage their own property. Miss Havisham is presented as the embodiment of women's failure to properly manage wealth and property....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Importance of Setting in Great Expectations - Importance of Setting in Great Expectations      Charles Dickens viewed London as a place of economic competition and death. In Great Expectations, he used the prevalent bleakness of the places in London to illustrate the unproductiveness of the social and economic struggle which he viewed as fatal, both literally and figuratively. His depiction of this economic struggle is reflective of the nineteenth century's preoccupation with the rise of the middle-class. Janice Carlisle says, "The most common historical cliché about this mid-Victorian period was that it saw the final consolidation of the social, political, and economic dominance of the middle classes" (5)....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Crime and Imprisonment in Great Expectations - Crime and Imprisonment in Great Expectations       There is a clear relationship between the characters in Great Expectations and crime. Dickens uses this connection to show that a criminal can be reformed. He also shows the characters to be prisoners of their own doing. Pip is born into his prison. He continuously associates himself with criminals and criminal behavior. Pip likens himself to a criminal from the start: "I think my sister must have had some general idea that I was a young offender whom as Accoucheur Policeman had taken up ....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The True Gentlemen of Great Expectations - The True Gentlemen of Great Expectations In Victorian society, a gentleman was brought up from birth, molded and manipulated to act, dress, talk, and live as true gentility. Upon reaching adulthood, these gentlemen were expected to conduct themselves as society dictated. What happens, however, when a man of lower social stature wishes to become a gentleman, and suddenly finds himself in a position to do so. He now has the financial standing, but lacks the social etiquette that a "true" gentleman possesses....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Great Expectations of Human Nature - The Great Expectations of Human Nature Charles Dickens used Great Expectations as a forum for presenting his views of human nature. This essay will explore friendship, generosity, love, cruelty and other aspects of human nature presented by Dickens over 100 years ago. Friendship was one of the human characteristics Dickens enjoyed. Herbert was a true friend to Pip. Moving to London would have been stressful if Herbert had not eased Pip's transition into the city. Herbert informed Pip of Miss Havisham's story when no one else would tell it....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 883 words
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The Name “Estella” in Great Expectations - The Name “Estella” in Great Expectations The name of the characters in a Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, is very important. In the case of Estella, the name indicates her personality, her relation with other characters and even the way in which she moves along the novel. In Spanish, the word for star is “estrella”. Since Spanish is a “romance” language, estrella is undoubtedly derived from the Latin word for star. Stars are cold but beautiful to see. The same is true for Estella: she has a cold personality but she is very pretty....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1202 words
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The Rehabilitated Magwitch in Great Expectations - The Rehabilitated Magwitch in Great Expectations      "A warmint, dear boy" is the answer that Magwitch gives Pip when asked what he was brought up to be (305; ch. 40). This is what any person would expect from a man who has lived a life of crime. With further exploration, however, one will see that it is deeper than petty theft and prison. By using a character such as Magwitch, Dickens suggests the implications of using the Australian penal colonies as a way of rehabilitation for criminals....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Revised Ending of Great Expectations - The Revised Ending of Great Expectations The revised ending of Great Expectations is the version that Bulwer-Lytton gave his advice on. It was after reading what Dickens had written in his original ending that Bulwer-Lytton made suggestions on how to improve the ending. In this ending, Pip and Estella meet again in the garden at Satis House, but the possibility of them being together, even married, is left open in contrast to the original. By this point in the novel, Estella has suffered enormously, and is made into a better, more sympathetic person for it....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Tension and Fear in Great Expectations - Discuss how Dickens creates tension and fear in the early chapters of Great Expectations. There is a lot of tension and fear created by Charles Dickens throughout the early Chapters of Great Expectations. In Chapter 1 tension is started off when Philip known as Pip hadn’t seen his parents of any kind, Charles Dickens stated that in 1960 - 1961 they never had photographs of any kind, therefore Pip didn’t even know what his parents looked like. Pip was able to see his parent’s tombstones; the shape of the letters on his father’s grave gave him an odd feeling that his father was a square, stout, dark man with curly black hair....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1380 words
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The True Gentleman of Great Expectations - The True Gentleman of Great Expectations To determine if someone is a gentleman, one must look within them and not focus upon their material wealth. In the novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, three characters show qualities of a true gentleman. Pip, Joe, and Provis have true gentlemen-like characteristics, which are shown through the way they live and present themselves. Pip's actions towards others are those of an authentic gentleman. For example, when Provis is very ill and Pip is very kind and says, "I will never stir from your side" (891)....   [tags: Free Great Expectations Essays] 636 words
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Atmosphere and Tension in Great Expectations - Atmosphere and Tension in Great Expectations In this essay I am going to write about how Charles Dickens creates atmosphere and tension in the opening chapter, of Great Expectations. Because the audience cannot see what Dickens wants them to, he has to create atmosphere and tension to guide the audience through the incident, as well as hooking the audience by keeping them interested. Dickens intentionally creates that atmosphere because he wants us to feel sympathy for Pip and what he’s going through....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1445 words
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Exploring the Characters of Havisham and Magwich in Dickens' Great Expectations - Dickens seems to develop characters who are so compelling that the reader needs to know what’s going to happen next... When we first met Magwich he seems to be a nasty and manipulative convict, bullying a small, naive little boy called Pip for basic food of which he is lacking, shortly after Pip meets him again but your opinion of Magwich changes entirely he defends Pip of the stealing actions he bullied him into. Then he is unthought-of for some time in the book until he appears again after Pips transformation from young lower class boy to a gentleman....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1096 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is the story of Pip, a young orphan who lives with his sister Mrs. Joe and his brother-in-law, Joe. Pip's life changes completely when he meets Miss. Havishman and the girl who lives with her, named Estella. After visiting them, Pip's greatest ambition is transforming himself in a gentleman to gain Estella's love although she acts coldly and contemptuously towards him. Throughout the story violence surrounds the characters and their lives. Violence takes many forms and is understood differently by different cultures....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 550 words
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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens - Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Chapter one and chapter fifty-six in Great Expectations are in contrast with each other, they focus on the beginning and the end of Pip's relationship with Magwitch. I am going to investigate the change in the relationship between Magwitch and Pip, and the possible reasons behind them. Great Expectations focuses on Pip and we view the narrative through his eyes. In chapter one Pip, would have been about seven years of age and Magwitch would have been in his late thirties....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 990 words
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens ================== Great Expectations is a novel about a seven-year-old orphan boy called Pip who lives with his cruel sister and her good-natured husband, the Blacksmith, Joe Gargery. Pip’s life is changed when Jaggers a London lawyer tells him that a mysterious benefactor has provided money to make him a gentleman with ‘great expectations’. This novel was written in the Victorian times, around the 1850s. The style of writing in this novel reflects the historical period that it comes from because the novel has lots of long descriptive sentences....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 757 words
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Charles Dickens - Great Expectations - The portrayal of society in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is that of a symbol of contemporary British civilization, with Miss Havisham representing the epitome of such. By utilizing this particular character as the conduit between social body and physical body, the author successfully blends together the kinship inherent to these aspects of British life. Miss Havisham is instrumental in establishing the link between the traditional Victorian society and the manner in which women finally gained significant changes in their investments....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1093 words
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Book Review of Great Expectations - Book review of Great Expectations ================================= Great Expectations is a tale of a young man raised high above his position in society by a mysterious person. Despite the book lacking in length, it more than makes up for in its remarkable characters and gripping story. It was published serially in 1860 and issued in book form in 1861. The third person mixed with first person narrative takes Pip (Philip Pirrip) through a journey he would never forget. He was brought up “by hand”, in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable Sister and the sweet-natured Joe Gargery and always wanted to grow to be a wealthy gentleman....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 863 words
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Finding Happiness in Great Expectations - Finding Happiness in Great Expectations Great Expectations is a coming of age novel. This novel is a story of Pip and his initial dreams and resulting disappointments that eventually lead him to becoming a genuinely good man. During his journey into adulthood, Pip comes to realize two diverse concepts of being a gentleman and he comes to find the real gentlemen in his life aren't the people he had thought. Encouraged by Mrs. Joe and Pumblechook, as a child Pip entertains fantasies of becoming a gentleman....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 507 words
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Abusive Women in Great Expectations - Abusive Women in Great Expectations       One may infer that Dickens may have been attempting to acknowledge the birth of female freedom, due to the industrial revolution, by way of the female characters' actions within Great Expectations. Considering that he creates such verbal execution performed by many of the female characters within the novel suggests that women were usually treated as equals, this not being the case. By allowing these women to be verbally and physically abusive, Dickens may have been presenting the distorted idea toward female criminals and violent women....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Child Characters in Great Expectations - Child Characters in Great Expectations         The first part of Dickens' novel, Great Expectations, is an account of the childhood of, Pip, the main character of the novel.  In these beginning chapters Dickens paints an extremely vivid picture of childhood.  The reader is able to enter Pip's mind and see the world through the eyes of a child.  This is possible because Dickens understood the thoughts and feelings of children and applied this to Pip's every thought and action when he wrote the novel.  Dickens had an obvious gift for creating child characters in his works.  The word "pip" itself refers to a seed from a plant.  Seeds need to be nurtured if they are to grow and flour...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Character Relationships in Great Expectations - Character Relationships in Great Expectations      No novel boasts more varied and unique character relationships than Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. This essay will serve to analyze three different relationships, paying special attention to the qualities that each uphold. Dickens created three types of character relationships: true friends, betrayed friends, and loving relatives.   First, the true friends in Great Expectations were Pip and Herbert, who stuck together against all animosity....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The Setting in Great Expectations - The Setting in Great Expectations The settings of Great Expectations have an important bearing on the storyline; the settings also echo the characters in personality and circumstance. The theme of the book seems to run parallel with the settings in some respects, such as the plain but wholesome life-style of Rochester and the beckoning but ultimately shallow habitat of London. Throughout the book comparisons and relationships between story and setting are made, many subtle and not evident unless reflected upon....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 944 words
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Free Essays - Great Expectations - There were several themes associated with the novel Great Expectations. One of the most fascinating themes dealt with "infatuation and how it compares to and relates to love" ("Infatuation"). Infatuation is basically an obsession, or extravagant affection towards a person (Webster, 667). There is really no definite reason behind their passion, therefore this feeling is often short in duration and indicative of faulty judgement (Webster, 667). The person doesn't know what these feelings mean, this is normally why they mistake it for love....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1065 words
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Personal Growth in Great Expectations - Personal Growth in Great Expectations The coming of age novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens showed how a young simple boy grew into a gentleman, and slowly discovered that no matter what happened in his life it couldn't change who he was on the inside. His attitude and personality fluctuated throughout the three main stages of his life. The first line of the book showed Pip's simplicity of thought by the way he described his nickname: "My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip." (Pg.3) His personality continued in the same manner until he met the stun...   [tags: Free Great Expectations Essays] 764 words
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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations may be read as a Bildungsroman because it charts the progress of the protagonist, Phillip Pirrip better known as Pip, from childhood to young adulthood. Great Expectations contains aspects of: Autobiography, Ancestry, Education, Desire, Social Conditions and Love. These are the themes of an English Bildungsroman. Traditionally a Bildungsroman contains a story which consists of the development of a character inside society. During this development the character clashes with his/her social background (class)....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 3870 words
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Great Expectations as Social Commentary - Great Expectations as Social Commentary        During the nineteenth century, British society was dominated and ruled by a tightly woven system of class distinctions. Social relations and acceptance were based upon position. Charles Dickens utilizes Great Expectations as a commentary on the system of class and each person's place within it. In the character of Pip, Dickens demonstrates the working class' obsession to overthrow their limitations and re-invent new lives. Dickens also uses Pip and various other characters to show that escape from one's origins is never possible, and attempting to do so only creates confusion and suffering....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In Great Expectations, Dickens wants to explore what it means to be a gentleman in the rapidly changing Victorian England. He suggests that money is not everything, but you need some to get yourself started in the world. Being a gentleman means that you have to be moral, kind, courteous, hard working, financially independent and educated. Pip’s experiences of social class, in some ways mirror those of Dickens’ childhood. Dickens’ parents were middle class but moved down the class ladder when they moved house, (they moved from quite a nice house into a slightly smaller house in a slightly less desirable area, over and over again, due to financial proble...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2115 words
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Defining Magwitch in Great Expectations - Defining Magwitch in Great Expectations Great Expectations was written in the era of Queen Victoria; ironically a time of great progress and prosperity. Sadly, this was not the case for all. Education benefited the rich. As a result, there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor. The justice system was harsh, favouring the rich, two hundred men and women were put before the judge to be sentenced to death every week. It is clear that Dickens reflects on the society of the time, and shows the unjust, class divided society Magwitch was a part of and the need to reform a legal system which treated this man so unjustly....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1041 words
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Heart Imagery in Great Expectations - Heart Imagery in Great Expectations The heart is a symbolic barometer in Great Expectations that carries us from chapter to pulsating chapter. The novel's characters are forever wearing their hearts on their sleeves and in the process end up baring their souls within the text itself, and without, to the reader. What is the significance of hearts and their many states as described when Pip unfolds his own dramatic rags-to-riches-to-grace tale. Several scenes probe Miss Havisham's psyche with words about the condition of her heart....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 832 words
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