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Great expectations Explore some of the ways in which Dickens' attitude to the Victorian society are presented in the opening chapter o Great expectation. 'Great expectations' is a classic novel written by Charles dickens in the early mid 18th century. The lifestyles of that era were different in comparison with the life style of most people nowadays. Most people in that era were very poor and worked hours and hours in torment just to earn enough money in order to live. Charles Dickens was already a national hero and this was dickens's second-to-last novel. The core purpose of this novel was to make more people aware of the poverty and injustice of the people of that time. 'Great expectations' was first published in 1860 as a series of weekly chapters in a newspaper. The next year all the chapters were combined to create a novel. Early critics tended to dislike his work as they thought that he exaggerated both the plot and the characters of his novels. However, these days Dickens is noted for his talent and is known through-out as a terrific writer. 'Great expectations' reflects many stages in Dickens's life such as when Pip was standing against injustice and was powerless, without hope for a better life. ...read more.


Another major influence in the book is the previously mentioned Magwitch. He may not appear much in the story but he plays a key part in the novel. He is increasingly referred to as we go deeper in to the book. The initial meeting in the marsh country is developed through the book into a central relationship. The first sign of this is every time Pip refers to Magwitch he calls him "My convict". This may appear like a minor thing at first but becomes more understandable later on. Magwitch starts of as the malicious man who is very aggressive towards Pip. The characters opinion towards Magwitch then completely changes as pip discovers that Magwitch is actually Pip's secret benefactor. This sudden generosity from Magwitch surprises the reader because the image of Magwitch portrayed in the readers mind is the Magwitch we see at first in the marsh country. Magwitch has a very distinctive manner of speaking. "Now lookee here! ... Who d'ye live with" This can suggest that Magwitch was not well educated and in comparison with Pips language it is far more aggressive and colloquial. This also implies that he may not be around from that region since his accent is different from Pips. ...read more.


He wants three wishes. He wants an education, wealth and to break he barrier of crossing from a working class to a higher class. However he does not want these things to improve his lifestyle, he desires these things just in order to impress Estella. She can be seen as the symbol of his first stage. In the next stage he matures a bit more and wants to become more than just a lowly blacksmith like Joe. He wants to be intelligent. At the end of this stage he shifts to London were he begins a new life with new problems. 'Great Expectations' has many appeals to the audience because of the style that it has been written in and the way Pip is introduced as this small, lonesome, child with not much hope for the future hope. He is depicted of having no chance to change his destiny. In conclusion I believe that Dickens was successful in making this book truly epic as it shows, in enormous detail, the struggle of a small boy trying to break the social barrier that he is trapped within. This is indeed a classic novel and I am definite that it will still be remembered in times to come. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bilal Ali Sattar ...read more.

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