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The Enchanting Estella in Great Expectations, a Novel by Charles Dickens
The Enchanting Estella In Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations, Estella is used by Ms. Havisham to break boy’s hearts, and Pip is one of her subjects, yet, Pip still maintains his love for her despite how cruel Estella is to him. Pip’s attraction is mainly physical, like Meursault in The Stranger, to Estella. This...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Human Nature of Guilt in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Guilty Ambition Throughout Great Expectations, the prolific novelist Charles Dickens incorporates several themes that are reflective of characteristics of basic human nature. One theme addressed in the novel is that guilt does not necessarily bring about reconciliation. From the very start of the story, guilt has playe...
An Examination of the Imagery in the Scenes in Mr. Pumblechook's Shop and Miss Havisham's Home in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
Plants ‘n Prisons Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, is enhanced by the presence of vast amounts of imagery that provide both an idea of the physical attributes of the setting and the emotions attached to it. The scenes that take place in Mr. Pumblechook’s shop and Miss Havisham’s home are especially notable for...
A Glimpse at the Unique Persona of Pip in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Penetrating Pip’s Persona In his novel, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens gives a unique persona unto the main character, Pip. His use of Pip as a narrator adds many insightful details to the story and enhances the novel in many ways, yet it also limits a reader’s scope of understanding of the novel to some degree. Pip...
The Greed, Self-Delusion, and Egotism of Pip in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Cold Dreams of Good Fortune The story of Charles Dickens’ Pip is one that can be interpreted many ways. His actions can be seen as naive or uncaring, as misguided or self-destructive, and as haughty or noble. Regardless of readers’ feelings about Pip’s morality and motivations, the factors that bring about his fall from...
The Contrasting Character of Mr. Jaggers in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
The character of Mr. Jaggers in Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations, exists to provide innumerable contrasts to the other characters, give insight into the motivations of others, and act as a grounding force in the face of the dramatic tides of emotion experienced by characters in the novel. Jaggers differs in many...
The Great Ambitions and Hopes of Pip in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
In his novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens concisely expressed the theme with a significant title. Great expectations, superb goals, spectacular dreams, fabulous fantasies… these ideals compose important factors of the makeup of the main character, Pip. First of all, “great expectations” refers to what it literally me...
The Role of Social Class in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Chapter 8; The Start of it all In Great Expectations, a novel by Charles Dickens, social class plays a big part in how the story twists and turns. The main character Pip is exposed to the whole spectrum of classes: criminals, lower class, middle class, and upper class. As Pip navigates his way through these social classes...
Pip Being Unappreciative of Biddy in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles DIckens
The Unappreciated Hen Some people are unable to see what is truly good for them. When presented with options, they will choose the option that is more immediately appealing to them even if they know that their decision will result in chaos later on. Pip is a perfect example of such a person. He has a very capable friend na...
An Analysis of the Effects of Conforming to Social Norms in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jailed From Within Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, a coming-of-age Victorian story of satirical imprisonment, follows Pip, a young boy, originally from the lower classes of Kent, England, who grows to admire gentleman from the upper class when he meet Ms. Havisham, a wealthy, old woman who offers to help Pip succeed...
Charles Dickens' Response Letter to Edward's Suggestion on the Ending of Great Expectations
Dear Edward, Firstly, I want to thank you for the suggestions that you made about the ending of “Great Expectations.” Your suggestions got through my consideration process, and I must admit it, I like your ending better. When we talked about the best ending for the first time, I had been obsessively thinking about what...
Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Dickens
The Fire In Great Expectations, Miss Havisham is shown to be a broken woman. When Compeyson abandoned her on their wedding day for her money she became grief stricken, trapped in the moment of her lover’s betrayal. Through the use of fire as symbolism, Miss Havisham is able to display her withering away of life, her intent...
An Analysis of the Abuse of Power in the Novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“The Abuse of Power” In the novel Great Expectations, the main character Pip, a boy who is adopted into a middle class family, receives a large fortune through an act of kindness. The author, Charles Dickens, exposes the cold-hearted desire for a higher status, such as in the cases of Uncle Pumblechook and Wemmick, through...
An Analysis of the Important Theme of Social Status and Wealth in the Story of Great Expectations
The most prominent theme in Great Expectations is a social status and wealth based off your class, but not in the perspective many see it to be. Pip is consumed with the thought of being a gentlemen and is no longer content with the class in which he belongs. He longs to be superior and be part of a higher class; which most...
A Satirical Abuse of Power and Social Status in Great Expectations
The Satirical Abuse of Power and Social Status in Great Expectations In the times of Great Expectation, by Charles Dickens, the social rift that separates the poor from the rich is not only defined by personal wealth, but also by the sense of security and power that accompanies it. Dickens uses exaggeration to show the gro...