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A Comparison of Two Film Versions of the Beginning of Great Expectations - A Comparison of Two Film Versions of the Beginning of Great Expectations Great expectations is a film about a young boy named Pip and his journey through life In this essay I am going to be talking about and comparing the openings of two film versions of the film and deciding which is most effective my first question is can Todorov's narrative theory be applied to the opening of both films and how Todorov's narrative theory is: A state ofequilibrium at the outset; 2....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 921 words
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Portrayal of the Blacksmith in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens -      In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens places great emphasis on the ideas and attitudes of work. He gives examples of various kinds of work through each different character. On one extreme the idea of "gentlemanly" work is depicted through the character of the lawyer, Jaggers. On the opposite end of the spectrum there is Joe Gargery in his role as the village blacksmith, the "non-gentlemanly" depiction of work. In a novel that is built around the main character longing to become a gentleman, Dickens uses the theme or motif of "work" in order to display the ambivalence of the social attitudes to the idea of work in the nineteenth century....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Dickens' Image of Women Exposed in Great Expectations - Dickens' Image of Women Exposed in Great Expectations   Much can be said about Dickens' view of women according to the way he constructs his female characters in Great Expectations. There are many of them in the novel. However, none of them are deeply focused on throughout the novel. Estella, who is one of Pip's "great expectations," does not even have a major role. Nevertheless, his attitude concerning women is still reflected through his female characters as well as his word usage towards them....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Audience's Response to Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Audience's Response to Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Charles Dickens wrote great Expectations in 1860. It is set on the marshes in Kent near to the river Medway in the 1820's. It is written in the first person, as the narrator introduces himself as Pip, in the beginning of the first chapter. The story is of Pip's life as he is the central character. It was set by the river Medway because Dickens liked to walk along the river in the early mornings. The village where Pip lives is based on Cooling, a few miles from Rochester, Kent....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2127 words
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Sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens For the past half term, in English, we have been spending our lessons on a novel by Charles Dickens called 'Great Expectations' We have been concentrating on the opening Chapters as well as to understand the novel. 'Great Expectations' is based on a boy called Pip. Pip is an orphan who lives with his cruel sister and husband Joe Smith who's a blacksmith. He is poor and lonely as his siblings unfortunately died. The book tells us how Pip was encountered with a convict and how his life has changed from there....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 987 words
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The Creation of the Mood in Three Different Points in Great Expectations - Examine how dickens’ description of character and setting contribute to the creation of the mood in three different points in the novel Great Expectations. Great expectations. In this piece of coursework I am going to examine how dickens’ description of character and setting contribute to the creation of the mood in three different points in the novel. I am going to explain three important chapters that shape the play, Firstly I will be looking at the opening graveyard scene where Pip meets Magwitch, this is very important as it shapes his future....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2137 words
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Analysis of the Use of Setting in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Analysis of the Use of Setting in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The novel, Great Expectations, starts on the dull lonely marshes of Pip’s home village. Pip has a lack of identity in this book because it says, ‘My Father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both the names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip'. This shows us that his lack of identity is down to the fact he has not got a proper first name because he could not say it and that because of that he says he has not got a real identity....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1386 words
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Women's Role in the Influence of Pip in Great Expectations - Women's Role in the Influence of Pip in Great Expectations Throughout the novel “Great Expectations”, we meet several interesting characters, each with their own unique way of affecting the life of the character in which the story is circulated around. This very character, known as Pip, has the displeasure of having to deal with three of such characters from a very young and vulnerable age. The fact that these three characters are all female, and incredibly cruel individuals at that, certainly would not help a growing male child in having a very good image of women as he gets older....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1396 words
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Chapter One and Thirty Nine of Great Expectations - Compare chapter 1 of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets the convict, with chapter 39, when the convict returns. Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the greatest English novelists of the Victorian period. This greatest of Victorian writers was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812. His father John worked as a clerk in the Navy Payroll Office in Portsmouth. It was his personal experience of factory work and the living conditions of the poor that created in Dickens the compassion, which was to mark his literary works....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1813 words
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How important are the chapters one to three in Great Expectations? - How important are the chapters one too three in Great Expectations. What does the reader learn about the social and historical, from these chapters. The setting from the start of the book is very important, from the unwelcoming and stereotypical graveyard that give the book a starting tense and exiting mood, and the humble blacksmiths that acts as a platform for Pip's expectations and the opposite setting to much of the grander scenery in London. The graveyard at the start of the book is typical example of how the setting contributes so well to the story and the atmosphere; this is just one of the more obvious examples....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 596 words
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Creation of Sympathy for Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Creation of Sympathy for Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Works Cited Missing "Great Expectations" presents us with a picture of a vulnerable child growing up with unfriendly people and a hostile setting. The use of the first person enables Dickens to give the reader detailed insights into the experiences and thoughts of the child and to thus cause the reader to sympathize with Pips experiences....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1452 words
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Parallelism's Role In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Parallelism's Role In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Parallelism in Great Expectations is used by Charles Dickens to develop an overall theme of good and evil in the story and to create a kind of suspense about the outcomes of the characters and their parallel lives. Pip encounters many people in his rise in status and his past endeavors. These well-crafted characters are all linked together through parallelism as the novel progresses. The good choices and the wrong choices are made by the separate individuals but are somehow all linked to create a theme to the story....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1115 words
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How Dickens Engages the Reader in Great Expectations - How Dickens Engages the Reader in Great Expectations The text is created in an intelligent way so that it interests the reader from the beginning. The title itself stimulates the inquisitiveness of the reader. We are led to think that the novel promises a certain amount of drama or action. The text from the novel 'Great Expectations' is structured in a deliberate fashion to encourage the reader to read on. Great Expectations is a gothic novel. It explores various gothic genres which are mysterious and gloomy....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 553 words
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Sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The novel Great Expectations is about a young orphan called Pip. The poor orphan lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith. As a child he meets an escaped convict, a strange old lady Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella with whom he later falls in love with. An anonymous person allows pip with their fortune to be educated as a gentleman in London. He soon discovers the kindness and generosity was from the convict he had previously helped as a young child....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1793 words
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In Great Expectations, Is Miss Havisham crazy and/or evil? - In Great Expectations, Is Miss Havisham crazy and/or evil. The mad,eccentric and incredibly peculiar Miss Havisham,a wealthy dowager who lives in an old, rotting mansion secluded from the outside world is certainly one of the most memorable creations in the book Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens. From the first introductory scene on encountering Miss Havisham’s character it is immediately clear that she is supposed to leave a lasting impression on the reader. Dickens uses a vast variety of imagery and word choice to describe the appearance of the house in which Miss Havisham lives ....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1321 words
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Charles Dickens's Writing Techniques in Great Expectations - Charles Dickens's Writing Techniques in Great Expectations There are several techniques of writing that Charles Dickens constantly demonstrates in his novel Great Expectations. These techniques include his theme of money and social power, his eccentric characters, and his use of repetition. With out these qualities Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations would not be nearly as enjoyable. No other author in history quite compares to Dickens when it comes to his eccentric characters....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 5070 words
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Dickens' Ideas On Gentility As Shown Through Great Expectations - Dickens criticized the world of his own time because it valued the status of being a gentleman over someone doing a useful job. Those who thought they were gentlemen often mocked ordinary citizens. Show how he achieved these aims through the language used and his description of the way Pip and the other characters behaved in the novel. In his numerous literary works, Dickens strong sense of right and wrong, and his recognition of the many injustices present in Victorian Society are clearly displayed....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2132 words
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Pip's Shadow Parents in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Pip's Shadow Parents in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Both Miss Havisham and Magwitch are powerful influences on Pip's life, in a psychological, and to some extent physical, manner. In this essay, I hope to explore these influences, and investigate what affects they have on Pip's development. Naturally, the fact that Pip is an orphan, and never knew his parents, means there is space for characters to come in and exact a definite, parental control. The novel echoes many of Dickens's own life experiences- he had a strained relationship with his parents when they were condemned to imprisonment for debt difficulties....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1865 words
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Analysis of a Scene From Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Analysis of a Scene From Great Expectations by Charles Dickens I have chosen to look at how the relationship of Pip and Magwitch develops during the novel. I have chosen 3 key scenes in which Magwitch and pip meet and I will look at how each is portrayed in terms of character, development, setting and the messages or morals that dickens is trying to convey. Magwitch first meets pip at the graveyard on the marshes, from this we see that pip is a lonely child, who has lost his mother and father....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1827 words
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Influences that Shape Pip's Character in Great Expectations - Influences that Shape Pip's Character in Great Expectations ‘Great Expectations’ tells the story of a young boy named Pip. It shows us how his life is drastically turned around at the early age of seven, following the accidental meeting of the convict Magwich. There are many different events ranging from his meeting the convict, and Miss Havisham, his falling in love with Estella and his fortunate gaining of an unknown benefactor, which enables Pip to achieve more promising things in life....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1241 words
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Character Analysis of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Character Analysis of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Magwitch is a convicted criminal who has escaped life in Australia to come to London to see Pip. Miss Havisham is a mad, old, rich lady who hasn't ever got over the fact that she was jilted at the altar on her wedding day. Estella is Miss Havishams adopted daughter, she is cold hearted and mean especially towards Pip. Jaggers is a lawyer who helps people not get hung. When we first met Magwitch, he seemed threatening. "I'll strike you dead", Magwitch threatened Pip to make him do what he wanted him to do....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 739 words
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Dicken's Use of Setting in Opening of Great Expectations - Great expectations is a novel concerned with like many of Dickens novels, class, social status and the readers own stereotypes. Dickens was born in 1812 and, as a famous playwright and actor wrote hundreds of novels and plays including, a Christmas carol, no name, the old curiosity shop and pick wick papers. He often wrote about things such as: poor laws, being separated from your family, orphans, thieves, pick-pocketing and other sad, depressing things. He began life as the youngest child out of 7 and was very sickly, often refusing to go outside and play, preferring to choose to watch plays and reading a great many books....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1365 words
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Charles Dickens Contempt for Lawyers Revealed Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Contempt for Lawyers Revealed Great Expectations      Charles Dickens viewed lawyers as being mean, cruel, and relatively heartless (Collins 175). Throughout much of Dickens' literature, lawyers are stereotyped through characters and these characters are used as a means of commentary about the lawyers of the time. Jaggers, from the novel Great Expectations, seems not to be an exception. Through the character of Jaggers, an understanding of Dickens' view of early nineteenth-century lawyers can be obtained....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Chapters One and Thirty Nine of Great Expectations - Chapters One and Thirty Nine of Great Expectations In the novel 'Great Expectations', chapter 1 and chapter 39 are both descriptions of Pip's encounters with Magwitch the convict. The two chapters have key differences and important similarities. In the first chapter, Pip is alone on the bleak and inhospitable marshes, the wind is cold and violent and creates a threatening and frightening mood for both Pip and the reader. Pip is a poor young orphan boy and is in the wild overgrown churchyard visiting his family's grave....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 792 words
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Life Goals in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Life Goals in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations "He came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me, so that his eyes looked powerfully into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his" (3). These lines describe the entrance of the character, Provis, into the life of a young man who goes by the name of Pip. Pip is the protagonist in Great Expectations, the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Written in 1861, Great Expectations tells the life story of Pip, a young man who is born into the working class of England and makes his rise in society as the years progress....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Pip's Childhood in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Pip's Childhood in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In the first five chapters of Charles' Dickens "Great Expectations", we follow the life of a young boy, Phillip Pirrip - Pip for short, in early nineteenth century England. A time when England was in industrial revolution and when the rapid growth of cities brought social divisions between class - rich and poor. The British government fearing a revolution, maintained a harsh regime. In "Great Expectations", Dickens writes about this and conveys attitudes towards children, most especially Pip and the severity and turbulence of his childhood....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1116 words
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Pip's Aspirations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Pip's Aspirations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations         Through Great Expectations, Dickens explores the different notions of gentility in the nineteenth century and the implications of upward mobility on the lower class. One of the most radical aspects of the industrial revolution on the everyday life of nineteenth-century England was the effect on the social structure. Prior to the nineteenth century, social stratification was rigid and did not allow individuals to move from one group to another....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Great Expectations: Gods Law Vs. Human Law - Great Expectations: God's Law vs. Human Law In his book Great Expectations, the problematic nature of moral judgement and justice that stems from a conflict between God's law and human law is one of several topical themes that Charles Dickens addresses. This paradox regularly surfaces in his treatment of plot and setting, and is more subtlety illustrated in his use of character. To facilitate the reader's awareness of such a conflict, the narrator often uses language that has Christian connotations when relating his thoughts and when giving descriptions of the environment, characters and events that take place....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1152 words
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What Shapes Pip’s Character in Great Expectations? - What influences shape young Pip’s Character in Great Expectations In the book ‘Great Expectations’, Dickens describes many different aspects of Pip’s young life, which may have influenced him into becoming what he was at the end of the first part of the book. We see that he is influenced by his strange and remarkable relationships with his sister, Mrs Joe Gargery and his relationship with Miss Havisham and his meeting with the convict. The experiences of Dickens may have been why he choose to describe influences like these, because he would’ve seen these sorts of things which would have influenced children in Victorian times, like a child becoming an apprentice, just like Pip; and after all...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2427 words
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What Shapes Pip’s Character in Great Expectations? - What influences shape the character of young Pip in Great Expectations. “Great Expectations”, by Charles Dickens, is an enthralling tale of love and fortune. The story is set in the period of Dickens’ childhood, from 1810 to approximately 1830, and it is likely that memories of his own youth inspired Dickens to write the novel. The main character, Pip, is a gentle and humble boy whose character and personality undergo major transformations throughout the novel. He is influenced by many characters, in particular Estella, the hard-hearted girl from Satis House, and Magwitch, the convict from the marshes....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1694 words
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Miss Havisham and Magwitch from Great Expectations - Discuss the relationship between character and location in the case of Magwitch and the marshes; Miss Havisham and Satis House (chapters 1-19) Both the characters Miss Havisham and Magwitch are linked closely with their respective surroundings, as Dickens employs imagery and pathetic fallacy to illustrate this. Although many characters in Great Expectations reflect their environments, the relationship of Miss Havisham and Magwitch offer a particular contrast. The novel echoes many of Dickens’s own life experiences, and the reader is given a strong flavour of Victorian history and commonplace....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1032 words
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Mrs. Joe in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Mrs. Joe in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Dickens uses Mrs. Joe's devilish appearance and controlling behaviour to compare to Joe's angelic looks and kindhearted deeds in the early part of the novel. Pip and Joe both fear Mrs. Joe because of her violent actions, this brings them closer together which is significant throughout the book. She is also the only female role model Pip has early on in life, twisting his vision of the perfect woman later on. Our first impressions of Mrs. Joe's are of a cold and domineering woman because of the way Dickens describes her appearance....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 929 words
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Biddy's Diary from Dickens' Great Expectations - Biddy's Diary from Dickens' Great Expectations Winter 1813 23rd December The dark and dull nights are ever present in the midst of winter, rain and snow seems to flow constantly. The soggy marshes are becoming almost invisible due to the mist glooming over the barren landscape. My vision is obscured and it is no longer possible to see the hulks prison ships. I write this in the warmth and luxury of the inside. I have just finished getting lessons prepared for the children I teach at the local dame school, well the front room of Mrs Wopsles house and also a small shop....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1989 words
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The Theme of Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - The Theme of Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations      In "Great Expectations," the main theme is the theme of expectations. Dickens illustrates this theme through the character of Pip, by exploring the idea of ambition and self-improvement. The idea of expectations is the psychological mechanism that encourages Pip's development, as he is full of ambition and has "Great Expectations" about his future. Pip's expectations in the novel take three forms: social, moral and educational....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays Charles Dickens]
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How Dickens Creates Sympathy for the Characters in Great Expectations - How Dickens Creates Sympathy for the Characters in Great Expectations Published initially as a weekly contribution in a local newspaper, Dickens’ Great Expectations developed to be a great success. Great Expectations was a story for all classes, both rich and poor appreciated his efforts. Great Expectations is the tale of Phillip Pirrip who has no family except an older sister, he feels insecure in the world around him. Having no parents to give him a sense of identity, he wanders in the wilderness that is the graveyard to search for answers....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 1207 words
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as a Fairy Tale - Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as a Fairy Tale There are many ways in which Great Expectations resembles a fairy tale, such as the themes- poor people receiving riches, the moral reasons, - do good unto others and you shall be repaid. During Victorian times stories were used mainly for morals purposes. One of the main reasons why resembles a fairy tale is due to its characters Great Expectations has many characters that reflect the characteristics of those in fairy tales. Some of these fairy tale characteristics are found in Miss Havisham....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 1185 words
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Three Stages of Pip's Expectations in Jane Austen's Great Expectations - Three Stages of Pip's Expectations in Jane Austen's Great Expectations When Pip was a child, he was a contented young boy. He wanted to grow up to be apprenticed to Joe and "had believed the forge as the glowing road to manhood." He was a very sensitive child and afraid of doing something wrong this was shown when his guilty conscience along with his imagination haunted him with images of him being caught after he stole food for the convict. His fear of doing wrong was made clear when he referred to the time they took to discover the stolen items as "prolonging my misery." The way his conscience had to wrestle with the idea that he had done a good deed showed inse...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1025 words
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Rich and Poor Theme in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Rich and Poor Theme in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Throughout the novel, there are many themes, one of them being rich and poor. This theme is introduced by the background description in the opening pages. In this novel the attitudes of the rich relatives, (uncle Pumblechook), are a great contrast to those of lower financial class, - Joe and Mrs. Joe. Special food is reserved for when richer relatives come around; this is a motion of respect. For the duration of the novel, Pip pursues wealth and when he finally attains it he finds it’s useless as he sees its source as ‘tainted’, his wealth is acquired through Magwich....   [tags: Charles Dickens Great Expectations Essays] 836 words
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The Constrasting Characters Biddy and Estella from Great Expectations - The Constrasting Characters Biddy and Estella from Great Expectations Dickens describes Biddy as an uncomplicated character He makes it seem that she is better suited to Pip. He uses phrases such as “ a blessing” and “ beautiful at heart.” Dickens uses almost pleasant words when describing Biddy, this makes the reader feel that she is the good character in this novel. On the other hand he describes Estella has “cruel and cold.” This makes her seem more and more patronising and inconsiderate. Obviously not the good character in this novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 553 words
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Analysis of Chapters 1 through 8 of Great Expectations - Analysis of Chapters 1 through 8 of Great Expectations Plot and Setting- The plot starts out with a little boy name Phillip Pirrip. It is a first person narrative about a boy back in the nineteenth century. The first eight chapters deal mostly with Pip’s childhood years. It also deals with who Pip is, and his family. In the beginning of the story Pip introduces himself, and introduces his dead parents. He is in the graveyard, and then a scary looking man comes up. The man threatens him. The plot of the story I think is good because it deals a lot with the struggles in a child....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 6811 words
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Impressions Gained of Pip's Character from Great Expectations - Impressions Gained of Pip's Character from Great Expectations 'Pip' is very much a child in the the first chapter. However, it is Pip narrating it as an adult ( retrospective narrator). You know he is a child by his 'childish' thoughts and his rather odd imagination. He manages to come up with the 'childish conclusion' that his father is a 'square, stout, dark man, with curly hair' just by looking at his fathers tombstone. Also, that his mother was 'freckled and sickly'. It is quite bizarre that Pip has managed to conjour up that idea from a tombstone....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 542 words
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Social Class in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - Social Class in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" During the 19th century, Britain was entering a new era. The reign of Queen Victoria had brought about many exciting propositions, with industry leading the way at the forefront. Due to the Industrial Revolution and the fact that Britain was being ruled by a woman, the action of 'Great Expectations' was occurring against the backdrop of major social and cultural changes. Although Britain, as a whole, was becoming exceedingly richer, the Industrial Revolution that was taking place also spawned great poverty....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 3123 words
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Great Romantic Expectations -  In Great Expectations Pip is devastated to find out that the convict he helped years ago on the marshes is the benefactor of his riches in life.  His distress is exemplified by the fact that he deserted his loyal friend Joe for the life that the convict Magwitch has given him.  His greatest grief, however, came from the fact that he believed he could never win the love of Estella, learning that she had married Bentley Drummel.  Pip remained in a depression over his situation until he discovered the truth of Estella’s parentage.  The strange coincidence of these findings cause Pip to change his attitude toward his further expectation and resume his belief that he still might have a chance w...   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1218 words
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How Does Dickens Engage and Sustain the Reader in Great Expectations? - HOW DOES CHARLES DICKENS ENGAGE THE READER IN GREAT EXPECTATIONS. FOCUS ON CHAPTERS 1-8 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is considered to be the greatest book he has ever sold. By the time Charles Dickens had started his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations, he was a national hero. After living as a shoe polisher, the upper class citizens of England started to realise through his writing what was happening to their fellow lower class citizens. Dickens’ excellence in this book is shown right throughout....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2260 words
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Attitudes toward Victorian Society in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Great Expectations Explore some of the ways in which Dickens’ attitudes to Victorian society are presented in the opening chapter of Great Expectations. For this essay I will be focusing on the opening chapters of Great Expectations, a novel written by Charles Dickens. I am going to consider the Victorian society at the time and dickens’ use of language to express themes, settings and characters. Charles Dickens wrote this story in the Victorian times. Hence we seem to think what ‘does he mean’ by “Great Expectations”....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1142 words
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How Effective is the Opening Chapter in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations? - How effective is the opening chapter in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was one of the outstanding writers of the 19th century. He has written many well-known books such as 'The Pickwick Papers', 'David Copperfield' and 'Our Mutual Friend'. He had an unsettled childhood as his father had money problems and he was often moving from town to town. His writing could be interpreted as a reflection on his own life, as his intricate and elaborate story lines usually revolve around themes of poverty and the oppression of children by adults....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2060 words
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Dickens' Use of Characters in Volume One to Present the Themes of Great Expectations - Dickens' Use of Characters in Volume One to Present the Themes of Great Expectations 'Great Expectations' is a novel by Charles Dickens about a young, working class boy called Pip, brought up by his sister. Pip mysteriously inherits a large amount of money and is given the opportunity to become something he thought he would never be…a gentleman. The novel explores themes such as: Revenge, Family and Education. Another theme of 'Great Expectations' is the distinction of classes in Victorian society and their importance....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 4577 words
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How two chapters of Great Expectations reflect the influence of society - How two chapters of Great Expectations reflect the influence of society in the time it was set. Charles Dickens is one of the most popular British novelists in the history of literature with many of his characters being recognised in British society today. His ability to combine pathos, comedy, and most of all, his social satire has won him many contemporary readers. Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. At 12 he was sent to work for a few months at a shoe-polish warehouse on the banks of the Thames when his family hit financial difficulty....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 3027 words
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Comparing Techniques Used in the Opening Sequences of Two Film Versions of Great Expectations - Comparing Techniques Used in the Opening Sequences of Two Film Versions of Great Expectations There have been many different film versions of the novel 'Great Expectations'. One of these, directed by David Lean in the 1945, is in black and white; the other, directed by Julian Jarrorld, in 1997, was colour. The latter, however was originally a TV drama. The David Lean production opens with the credits, which distances the modern day audience; even the font of the credits seems old fashioned....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 829 words
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The Relationship Between Pip and Abel Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - The Relationship Between Pip and Abel Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In this essay, I am to observe the changes in the relationship between Pip and the convict Abel Magwitch in chapters 1 and 39 by examining aspects such as the settings around the two characters and their emotions....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1122 words
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Comparing the Opening Scenes of Two Film Versions of Great Expectations - Comparing the Opening Scenes of Two Film Versions of Great Expectations Great Expectations is one of the greatest novels in the "book world", which follows the life story of 'Pip'. Great Expectations was one of the best Dickens novels. It is known all over the world. It is translated in other languages so people everywhere can enjoy the work of Dickens. The story is about a boy called Pip. He is an orphan boy left with no one but his evil sister (or that's the way he sees it)....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1431 words
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Creating Tension Through the Presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations - How does Dickens create tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Introduction ============ Great Expectations is about a young boy, Pip, who lives in a deprived town with his sister (Mrs Joe) and her husband (Mr Joe). Pip meets a fugitive, Magwitch and after meeting with this runaway he fears from his life. Pip is then summoned to go and play at Miss Havisham’s house. He then falls in love with Estella who chooses to ignore Pip, which makes him feel pitiful and he hates himself for this....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1175 words
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A Comparison of the Opening Sequence in Two Film Versions of the Novel Great Expectations - A Comparison of the Opening Sequence in Two Film Versions of the Novel Great Expectations I am going to compare the first 20 minutes of two film versions of the novel, Great Expectations. One version is by David Lean 1946. The other version is by Alfonzo Cuaron 1999. In Lean's version and Cuaron's there is one big difference and that is that Lean's version is in black and white, while Cuaron's is in full colour. The colour projects a better effect because it is clearer and more understandable whereas the black and white version is less effective in my opinion....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1031 words
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Redemption Through Death and Rebirth in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Redemption Through Death and Rebirth in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pip goes through a vast change after having a near death experience. The night that changed his life was very unexpected. He received an anonymous note that told him to go to the marshes. That is where he was attacked by Orlick and almost killed. Before his attack, Pip started out not knowing what was truly important. He became wrapped up in appearances and being accepted by the upper class....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 422 words
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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] 1092 words
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