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GREAT EXPECTATIONS A famous and passionate novel Great Expectations was written in 1861 by a very famous and creative author, Charles Dickens. The leading character of the novel is Phillip Pirrip or as known as Pip. The novel centres on him and throughout the novel we follow his life. He is the male lead and also the narrator of the novel. The novel has many big issues one of these are society where people stand and are put down in classes of how well they can cope with the surroundings, in the 1800s when great expectations was set society had strict rules on which I will later explain. This essay will concentrate on the theme of dreams and how aspirations can change life's and how dreaming can affect oneself. One of the greatest of Victorian writers was born on February 7, 1812. At that time Victorian Britain was going through industrial revolution where Britain was improving and growing. As being the richest country in the world it was named as an industrial super power. Apparently every working class citizen worked in mills or factories where it was hard and they were underpaid, others worked in equally difficult jobs such as a blacksmith. At that time sometimes a rich person may become a benefactor to a poor person, giving them support and inheritances so he or she can go on to become a lady or gentleman. ...read more.


So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip." (Pg. 3) This is the opening statement of Dickens's novel and it shows us how simple the young Pip was before his expectations ever began. From the day that Miss Havisham invites pip to meet her and her adopted child Estella, pips life is to be changed. After seeing Estella who is a beautiful child pips desire and dream commences and from now on he wants to be a gentleman. As Joe was his best friend and he had the hope that Pip would become his apprentice. The word blacksmith is hated by him. Miss Havisham treats him like himself but he does not accept the fact and although he hates her still he comes back to her. This is mostly for Estella; he is so unconscious that he keeps on going back with the intention that only she is his chance of improvement again just relying on others for support. Further on in the story his dream partly comes true as he has an unknown benefactor who is later presented as Abel Magwitch who in pips young days was a horrific person that pip helped escape. Even though his dream has come true he has one more desire which is to marry Estella but the novel is later twisted with a series of events. ...read more.


the money he has he squanders it all, Miss Havisham relies on Estella when she is married and beaten and Magwitch who is an escaped convict doesn't realise that pip cannot become a gentleman as Magwitch himself is not a noble person. All three characters inhabit imperfection in their own personalities and are ruined matters beyond their control. Pip tries to become a gentleman when his benefactor is not a nobleman and his origin is a blacksmith, Miss Havisham adopts Estella to take her revenge through Estella and Magwitch is trying to be pips father which he can never be, none realise and are expecting too much of themselves. All characters are linked in this way that they could try to use any means to make there dreams come true but it will not work as somewhere at some point there will be a tun over as they are imperfect in some ways. All their dreams are unreal and because of this they act unusually and behave the way they shouldn't. Their expectations are far too great for them too control over and from this they fail into fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. This novel is a mirror image of dickens and from this he wanted for the middle and upper classes to understand the life's of the working class people and also children along with the difficulties and hardship they had to go through. ?? ?? ?? ?? ENGLISH 1 of 3 ...read more.

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