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Great Expectations - Coursework Book review of "Great Expectations" Great Expectations is a tale of a young man raised high above his position in society by a mysterious person. Despite the book lacking in length, it more than makes up for in its remarkable characters and gripping story. It was published serially in 1860 and issued in book form in 1861. The third person mixed with first person narrative takes Pip (Philip Pirrip) through a journey he would never forget. He was brought up "by hand", in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable Sister and the sweet-natured Joe Gargery and always wanted to grow to be a wealthy gentleman. The young Pip one day helps a convict to escape in a nearby graveyard by getting him some food that he needed and a file to take the iron off his leg. Pip was unaware of all that what was to follow such a task. ...read more.


Pip is offered a chance to leave all this misery and become a rich gentleman. But appearances are not to be trusted, and a well-off gentleman of the time, were only a gentleman because they had money and power, and were not gentleman in the emotional sense. For example, the caring Joe. Pip's expectations never turned out like he had once expected and it turned out that the man who had made him rich was the convict he once helped. When all the time he believed the jilted Miss Havisham gave the money to him. The book then follows Pip's life as he enters this new stage in life and as he develops and becomes a "gentleman". By the end of the book everybody gets what they deserved. Pip does not get all he hoped for when he was given the status in the first stage of the book. "Great Expectations" is overall a well-liked book. ...read more.


The book grips the reader so much because they can never be totally sure how things will work out for Pip. Dickens, for Great Expectations, made two endings, so even he had his doubts on the ending to Pip's journey. The story is creative and unpredictable, and divided into three stages. Although the second stage is rather boring until the end, the first phase sets up everything that later occurs in the novel, with the third stage being full of excitement and contains Pip's regrets on what has happened in the course of his life and also, his improvement in himself. "Great expectations" is to a great extent a very well made novel, examining moral values and using a large variety of skills to provide us with the story. Dickens' memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title shows the reader the deep irony that created Dickens' thoughts on the Victorian class. The novel was written over a hundred years ago, and despite being dull at times, it still has a lot to say about the way we live today. Matthew Redfern ...read more.

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