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The Influence of Marxism in the Character of Pip in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
The characters in Great Expectations are influenced greatly by Marxism. In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, Marxism is shown through Pip’s character. Pip has many Marxist values including: classism, rugged individualism, and capitalism. Pip’s expectations of being a gentleman, marrying Estella, and living a noble...
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The Beauty of Bildungsroman in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
Throughout history, there exists a significant number of influential and prominent bildungsromane, and one of the greatest among them is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. By definition, a bildungsroman is “a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character from his or her childhood into maturity” (M...
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The Use of Irony in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
The Shackles of Injustice In the third part of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses irony to communicate the following about injustice; it constrains the people that are experiencing it, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. There are many examples throughout the third part, most of which I found to be...
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An Analysis of Pip's Character in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Failure Is Always an Option Dickens uses Pip’s embracing of corrupting and superficial Victorian ideals and his moral decay to illustrate the greater importance of affection and self-worth. While walking along the riverside and speaking with Biddy, Pip asserts that he “want[s] to be a gentleman…[he] [has] particular reason...
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A Satirical Interpretation of the Victorian Standards in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations features a boy named Pip during his journey to become a gentleman in Victorian-era England. The story offers a satirical interpretation of many Victorian standards, such as what constitutes a “gentleman”, how women should act, and how the justice system functions. However, the main...
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An Analysis of Societal Classes in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
Self Identification of the Classes in Great Expectations The novel Great Expectations is known for its many criticisms of Victorian society layered throughout. One of the most prominent aspects of Victorian society being criticized by Dickens is the higher classes and their means of identification. A majority of high-class...
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The Consequences of Pride and Wealth in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
The Consequence of Pride and Wealth Imagine living within a community in which children were considered to be seen and not heard. Beings who were simply used to pass along love, titles and inheritance for generations. Thus was the Victorian era, but what happens when a parent raises a child with the intent of something...
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The Theme of Creator and Creature in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Creators and Creatures of Great Expectations Throughout Great Expectations, the theme of Creator and Creature is frequently mentioned. In many of these connections, the roles of Creator or Creature are easily defined. A few examples of this type of relationship is; Miss Havisham and Estella, Magwitch and Pip, and Jaggers...
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The Theme of a Two-Fold Life in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
John Wemmick and the Two-Fold Life Are individual value judgments direct enemies of moral objectivism? In Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, we come to know the character of John Wemmick as a clerk who lives two separate lives of home and work. In The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde, which was writt...
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The Difficulties of Pip in Reading and Writing in the Book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
In Chapter 7 of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Pip attends school and struggles to learn his alphabet. One evening he composes a letter to Joe. Although the letter is functionally illiterate, Joe becomes elated as he reads it aloud. This passage and Joe’s inclination to read aloud are important; Pip begins a conve...
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