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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations Great expectations was written by Charles Dickens in 1860. It is a story about a young boy named Pip, and his journey from childhood, where he was brought up "by hand" by his sister, to manhood where someone he used to know comes back to haunt him. The story also somewhat resembles Dickens' own life for instance; Dickens' family move to debtor's prison, but the author goes to work in a blacking warehouse at the age of twelve. This is similar to where Pip moves to London to become a gentleman in the novel. Pip's family's social status was low, especially when compared to Miss Havisham This is mainly shown in Pip's meetings with Miss Havisham and Estella. After Pip's first meeting with the two (Miss Havisham and Estella) he is left bewildered and depressed. ...read more.


Dickens turns this into a sort of epiphany for Pip and he becomes very unhappy. The effect that the Epiphany has on pip is devastating and pip becomes depressed and demoralised. He isn't nice and thinks that him and his family are rubbish. Dickens mainly emphasises the peculiarity of Miss Havisham and how awkward she is. For instance he emphasises the fact that Miss Havisham is in an old wedding dress that has gone yellow because it has not been taken of in a very long time 'Pip realised that she was in fact sitting in yellowed wedding dress'. Dickens also emphasises many things about Miss Havisham's house mainly that it is chained up and dark, as if "no glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it." ...read more.


He treats his family with less respect in a way similar to how Estella treated him while he was at Miss Havisham's house. Also he despises Estella for being so rude to him, but he also loves her at the same time because she is so beautiful. Pip's social ambitions also change because Pip finds himself resenting his future being Joe's apprentice. So I definitely think that Pip knowing Estella and Miss Havisham was bad for Pip. At the end of the novel the convict that Pip met in his childhood comes back and tells Pip that he gave him the money. When Pip finds out he gets angry and goes to see Miss Havisham who he presumed was funding him. Consequently Miss Havisham commits suicide. In conclusion Pip's visit to Miss Havisham is the turning point of the whole story and sets Pip on his tale of sadness. ...read more.

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