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Great Expectations: A comparison of Chapters 1 and 39

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Great Expectations: A comparison of Chapters 1 and 39 Great Expectations is and epic novel by Charles Dickens. Set in the Victorian times of 1850, it tells the story of Phillip Pirrip (Pip) and his life up into his 30s. Originally used in a magazine as a short story series, it has lengthy chapters and an in depth look into society classes of the time. When Pip was orphaned by the death of his parents and left alone by 5 brothers who did not survive, he was sent to live with his older sister, Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband, Joe Gargery the blacksmith. Although he was cared for to a basic extent, he was by no means spoiled or expected to do great things; his future would be in apprenticing with his blacksmith guardian. Early in his childhood an encounter with an escaped convict who cornered Pip in the graveyard where Pip is visiting the graves of his parents and asks him to bring 'wittles and a file'. Upon Pip's return to bring the food and file to the convict, Pip comes across another man who the convict warns him to stay away from. ...read more.

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Jaggers says that Pip must leave for London immediately to begin his education and Pip believes that his hopes have come true; Miss Havisham is paying to make him a gentleman and allow him to marry Estella. Upon arrival in London, Pip befriends Herbert Pocket who is the son of Pip's tutor Matthew Pocket. Pip and Herbert lead an ordinary upper class life with Herbert helping Pip with the finer points of being a gentleman. When Pip turns twenty-one and begins to receive an income from his fortune, he plans to secretly help Herbert buy his way into the business he has chosen for himself. Pip leads a fairly undisciplined life in London running up debts. Orlick reappears in Pip's life, employed as Miss Havisham's porter, but is promptly fired by Jaggers after Pip reveals Orlick's unsavoury past. Mrs. Joe dies, and Pip goes home for the funeral, feeling tremendous grief and remorse. Several years go by, until one night a familiar figure barges into Pip's room-the convict, Magwitch, who stuns Pip by announcing that he, not Miss Havisham, is the source of Pip's fortune. ...read more.

Conclusion

Magwitch and Compeyson fight in the river, and Compeyson is drowned. Magwitch is sentenced to death, and Pip loses his fortune. Magwitch feels that his sentence is God's forgiveness and dies at peace. Pip falls ill; Joe comes to London to care for him, and they are reconciled. Joe gives him the news from home: Orlick, after robbing Pumblechook, is now in jail; Miss Havisham has died and left most of her fortune to the Pockets; Biddy has taught Joe how to read and write. After Joe leaves, Pip decides to rush home after him and marry Biddy, but when he arrives there he discovers that she and Joe have already married. Pip decides to go abroad with Herbert to work in the mercantile trade. Returning many years later, he encounters Estella in the ruined garden at Satis House. Her husband is dead and Pip finds that Estella's coldness and cruelty have been replaced by a sad kindness. The two leave the garden hand in hand, Pip believing that they will never part again. In Chapter one, Pip is only a young orphaned boy living in the care of his sisterMrs Joe Gargery and her husband the blacksmith. Brianna Haberman-Lawson 11.6 0212 22317 ...read more.

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