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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 very funny This note does seem rather out of place - Admittedly the beginning of the story is quite hilarious But it seems awkward that he really intended for Joe to appear to the reader as a foolish man However this sets the tone for a story which is at times funny but equally sinister and often harrowing One of the most striking things one encounters while reading the book are the changes Pip goes through once he has moved to London to be raised a gentleman He hardly writes to Joe or 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 Pips 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 doesnt 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
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