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Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' in 1861. Great Expectations tells a story of a young boy growing up in Victorian England. In this period of time most children received no schooling at all.

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' Great Expectations Essay by Carly Morton Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' in 1861. Great Expectations tells a story of a young boy growing up in Victorian England. In this period of time most children received no schooling at all. So when Estella meets Pip she thinks he is just a piece of common labouring filth. Social contrast is present throughout the entire novel, and it helps us to understand all the characters views. Phillip Pirrip (Pip) the central character who narrates throughout the entire book. Having Pip as the narrator helps us to be in his mind and we can see things the way he does. Without having Pip narrating we would not know as much as we do e.g. when he says '...i regret to state that i was not afraid of telling the enormous lie...` if he had not been narrating, we would not know if Pip really was capable of lying to Miss Havisham.. When we realise that Pip's parents had died when he was very young, we feel very sorry for him. ...read more.

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She likes the fact that he is scared and worried, this makes her feel happy with herself. The way, in which Miss Havisham talks confuses Pip, this makes us feel sorry for Pip as he is in a strange place as it is and Miss Havisham was making matters worse. Miss Havisham also talks in short sharp statements, which sound very rude and impolite to Pip, who has always spoken in a polite manner towards others. She has a hostile manner towards Pip just because he is a boy; her hatred for all men is obvious. The way in which Estella talks to Pip is rude and impolite. She talks to him as though he is a piece of dirt. 'With this boy! Why, he is a common labouring-boy!' This comment makes Pip feel hurt and confused, why would he be invited round to play with Estella if she doesn't want to play with him? Estella also likes to make fun out of Pip 'And what coarse hands he has. ...read more.

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But Miss Havisham refuses to let him leave until the game was played out. Pip is not asked if he would like to return but is told that he has to go back in six days. This makes us feel sympathetic and feel sorry for the fact that he is being ordered around. When he was left in the courtyard Pip start to reflect on all the cruel and hateful things that Miss Havisham and Estella have said to him. He starts to feel ashamed of himself and becomes very self-conscience of the things that Estella had pointed out to him like ' He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy! ` This makes him feel ashamed at the fact he was not up to their level of sophistication. He blames his brother-in-law for not telling him to call the '...Jacks, Knaves...` In my opinion I think that Charles Dickens was very clever making us feel sympathy towards young Pip. In this extract alone Pip is mocked, teased, criticised and mentally hurt. I feel that only intelligent authors can write a moving book, which makes the reader feel sympathy or hatred towards one of the characters. Pip is treated unfairly and this makes ...read more.

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