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Great Expectations: Passage Commentary:“I crossed the staircase landing, and entered the room she indicated. …It’s a great cake. A bride’s cake. Mine’”

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Great Expectations: Passage Commentary: "I crossed the staircase landing, and entered the room she indicated. ...It's a great cake. A bride's cake. Mine'" Chapter 11, Page 84-84 This commentary will be about a passage that is obtained from the book Great Expectations, a book that was written by Charles Dickens. The novel is about a protagonist, Pip, Who expects great things from life. The book starts when Pip is a little boy who is an orphan. His older sister and her husband Joe raise him. The family is in the lower social class, and Pip has the expectation of growing into a higher social status. This after he meets misses Havisham. In this passage Pip is at Miss Havisham house wondering through her house. He comes upon a room where its cold and dirty, here he gets told that this is the room Miss Havisham wants to be displayed when she is dead. Also in a corner stands her wedding cake. ...read more.

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She doesn't get a lot of visitors, this is apparent on the state of the room she shows Pip. One would make ones house presentable if visitors where coming round. Especially a lady in a higher social class would have been expected back then to keep a clean house, not a house with cob-webs and mice walking between the drawing boards. Dickens in this novel and this passage uses very descriptive words, describing things that only a child would notice, this is also especially in the beginning of the novel as Pip then is still a young boy. An example of this is how Dickens describes the spider Pip sees: "I saw speckled legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstance of greatest occurrence were important to their interests. 1" It is these kind of diction that makes it seem as if time has stopped, or at least is passing by slowly. ...read more.

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From what I have read the book has grasped my attention from the first page onwards. It is some times a bit confusing with the dialect some characters speak, but never the less still captivating. It is also no surprise to me that this book has become a classic, that everyone will have read at one stage. It is different than other books as a grown man portrays a story through the eyes of a small boy. Dickens has done a good job at doing so. It is a timeless book. Some times the language and ways of thinking differ greatly after some years, but this book still remains enjoyable more than a hundred years later. That truly is a classic if an author can pull that off. As many have tried but only a few have succeeded, for example Dickens, and Shakespeare, even though the two are in completely different categories. 1 It in this case is referring to the cake. The quote is from page 84. ?? ?? ?? ?? Eva Schreuder IB2 06-09-2002 English A2 Standard Level ...read more.

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