Great Expectations By Charles


Great Expectations was written in 1861, right after Dickens had divorced Kate, his first wife. Dickens basically invoked his own emotions in the story. It was where his heart lay. Also, anyone who has read more of Dickens' work can clearly see his determination to avoid repeating himself in this impressive gothic novel dealing with the fortunes and misfortunes that befall the main character Pip.
At first, Dickens had started it as a little humorous short story. Quoting Dickens himself from a accompanying note to the first installment: 'I have made the opening, I hope, in its general effect exceedingly droll. I have put a child and a good-natured foolish man, in relations that seem to me ...

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Biddy, the only two characters in the book who expressed their love for him, and also he only seems to care for money and status. I refuse to believe that this malice is inherent to Pip's character. As this story only focuses on Pip, I would like to think that something happened to him which made him in act in such a manner.
This essay doesn't claim to know the story, or what Dickens' intended it to be. You, as a reader, do not have to agree on the theories found herein. All I ask of you is that you consider them.
characters vs. locations
Any given Dicken's work is infested with dozens characters. Many of his different books contain, in essence, the same characters. The only difference between these characters is shown in the way they react to their environment. They react according to the situation Dickens cared to drop them in. These are usually the less important characters rather than the main characters. The latter are more interesting to Dickens, because they are the ...

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place which is home to Pip, and yet he wants to escape it. He feels as if it is not good enough for him, or rather, that he is not good enough for Estella, as it is her, together with Mrs. Havisham, who induced this idea. In other words, by unconsciously projecting his "self-hatred" on his home town he evades having to learn to hate himself.
Thus, he goes to London, courtesy of Magwitch. On arriving there, he is impressed with this new gentleman's life. Indeed, he is impressed enough to forget all about his old friends, Biddy and particularly Joe, who claimed Pip was his sole reason for marrying Mrs. Gargery. Still, it is hard to blame Pip, even though he seems to be a bit of a snob at ...

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