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Great Expectations In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the reader is quickly attracted to the book by the author's use of very vivid and emotional details. Dickens' structure and language allow the reader to experience life-like situations from this novel. Realistic, bold characters and an up-tempo plot keep the reader interested. Dickens uses different themes to allow the reader to compare this novel to their own lives. He allows them to add their own feelings while deeply portraying the feelings that he would have felt while reading this. Dickens' details in Great Expectations do not leave much to the reader's imagination. He creates large, vibrant pictures of the towns and scenery; the most elaborate setting one could possibly think of. "...the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on them, was the marshes..."(Dickens 4). To some readers, this lack of having to use the imagination on the setting is disappointing. The fine details are the only ones that can be left up to the reader's imagination because Dickens truly set up a brilliant story with a credible setting. ...read more.


It is centered on the ambitious goals of the young protagonist Pip and his struggle to find his place in Victorian society. His actions as well as his words act as evidence to this assessment; however a variety of experiences and situations lead Pip to eventual self-realisation and growth. Many factors suggest that Charles Dickens is trying to bring emphasis to a different concept of what being a hero is. In Victorian literature there was an increased focus on the man and his place in society. Through his novel Dickens redefines the classic notion of a hero and suggests that the true hero in society is the ordinary individual with human qualities. Sympathy is primarily experienced at the beginning of the novel. In the first stage of Pips life, Pip is portrayed as a very naive individual, whose goals in life are humble and who is mistreated on many levels. The opening scene of the novel sets the stage for Pips childhood as he is introduced to the reader as an orphan, all alone in a misty graveyard, who is confronted by a frightful convict. ...read more.


The instance that shows Pip is trying to change his life is the selfless effort he makes to help Herbert, not only financially but also with moral support. Pip's actions renew the initial impression of genuine kindness awarded to him by the reader, at the beginning of the novel. Another reason the audience feels sorry for Pip is that at the end of the novel he doesn't receive that which he deserves; although he has a job, and maintains a close relationship with all of his friends; Pip is a lonely bachelor without a family of his own. This statement indicates that Pip feels that there is something missing in his life. Without this completely different type of relationship an understanding and bond are established between the reader and Pip. Throughout Great Expectations Charles Dickens is able to inspire a strong feeling of empathy towards Pip in his readers. He demonstrates that Pip is a hero because of his ordinary character traits. The reader is able to relate to Pip's mistreatment and innocence in the beginning, his struggle to find his place in society in the middle, and the fact that he lacks complete happiness at the end. ...read more.

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