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Great Expectations Great Expectations authored by Victorian novelist Charles Dickens is considered one of his finest works of literature It was indicative of Dickenss strong feelings for injustices and poor conditions committed on women and children of that time Through the main character Pip Dickenss demonstrated the compassion he felt for children Most readers like myself are able to associate Pips experiences with their own Pip endeavored upon many things that I can see myself doing From the beginning of the novel Pip had felt an impending feeling of guilt It is a common theme in Great Expectations and is one that I have felt numerous times before In one instance my friends and I were at a party playing with a water balloon launcher shooting balloons down the street My neighbors had just put in a new set of porch windows that were quite expensive With a slight aiming misalignment we broke a window and had to confess to my neighbor and give her our apologies Pip however had the guilt weighed on his conscience forever-he did not have the courage to tell Mrs Joe that he had taken a pork pie that was for Christmas dinner Mrs Joe only made it harder for Pip when she asked And were the deuce ha you been page 20 Pip had to make a moral judgment about whether or not to tell the truth about what he did and is challenged with many more of these decisions throughout the book Pip was later introduced to Estella Ms Havishams adopted daughter whom was taught to pursue retribution on all of the male population for her mother Pip became easily infatuated with Estellas good looks money and attitude Estella considered Pip to be common and pointed out the ways when she said He calls the knaves jacks this boy And what coarse hands he has And what thick boots page 55 Pip once again has the feeling
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