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Introduction

Great Expectations Great Expectations was written in 1861, right after Dickens had divorced Kate, his first wife. Dickens basically invoked his own emotions in the story. It was where his heart lay. Also, anyone who has read more of Dickens' work can clearly see his determination to avoid repeating himself in this impressive gothic novel dealing with the fortunes and misfortunes that befall the main character Pip. One of the most striking things one encounters while reading the book, are the changes Pip goes through once he has moved to London to be raised a gentleman. He hardly writes to Joe or Biddy, the only two characters in the book who expressed their love for him, and also he only seems to care for money and status. I refuse to believe that this malice is inherent to Pip's character. As the main character in this story is Pip, I would like to think that something happened to him which made him in act in such a manner. Any given Dicken's work is infested with dozens characters. Many of his different books contain, in essence, the same characters. The only difference between these characters is shown in the way they react to their environment. They react according to the situation Dickens cared to drop them in. These are usually the less important characters rather than the main characters. The latter are more interesting to Dickens, because they are the story. ...read more.

Middle

This is one of the major "turning points" in the book. The impression Dickens delivers of the Marshes is sinister. It is dark and foggy. In London, such an impression is not provided by Dickens until he wants us to feel as if the circle has been completed. This happens on the estuary of the Thames, which is, in fact very similar to the graveyard scene. For the first time in London, Pip experiences mist. It is dark and idea of a huge "plane" of water evokes the same sort of image as the Marshes do: a feeling of being lost in an ever-stretching landscape. Also, in comparison with the graveyard scene it is very much a complete picture: Again, there is Magwitch and Pip. Later on, there are even soldiers and (of course) the only truly evil person in the story, Compeyson. Including him, we even find dead bodies under the surface! This again implies the importance of the graveyard, where the first scene of the book takes place. A scene that might soon be forgotten by both the reader and certainly (and deliberately, courtesy of Dickens) by Pip, but which actaully claims centre stage in the novel. Please notice that a graveyard, normally a place where it all ends, here serves as a place where it all begins. Another location that mirrors a state of mind, is Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

Magwitch keeps on saying how anything he had bad he wanted Pip to have better. Magwitch making Pip's life so much easier by becoming his benefactor shows that he is charitable. Magwitch devoting his life and his money to repay someone for old times is very generous and by doing so it makes him an honorable person. In addition, Magwitch shows he is not a selfish person by saying he would not want anything in return after being Pip's benefactor: "Do I tell it fur you to feel an obligation? Not a bit". This shows that he has a good heart by not being greedy. Magwitch is just trying to thank Pip from long ago and by doing this he wants nothing in return. Magwitch has both a heart and a mind of a genuine gentleman. Pip, Joe, and Magwitch all display gentleman-like qualities. In doing so, it makes all three of them a gentleman within themselves. Although within society you are considered a gentleman based on your social class, it should be based on who you are. A true gentleman is one who is willing to care for and respect another and himself. conclusion If there is one moralistic message conveyed in Great Expectations, then it is this: Class differences may seem important, but actually they are not. The basis of our personality is shaped when we grow up. It cannot be changed. However, we can learn. We have to, as a matter of fact. We must learn how to deploy our talents and on the other hand, find a way to deal with our weaknesses. ...read more.

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