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Great Expectations - review

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Introduction

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Great Expectations was one of numerous novels written by Charles Dickens. The novel was written in 1860-61 in the Victorian era. Charles Dickens establishes the identity of young pip at the start of the novel. Pip is the protagonist in the novel. Pip of the working class wants to improve himself and desires an education to be good enough for a girl from the upper class called Estella. The novel explores themes of class, education and the penal system in Victorian times. Pip as an adult who has matured is looking back at his life and he is narrating his story. Chapter one contains a lot of information about Pip. We can learn his role in the novel, his past, present and a bit of his future. We learnt that Pip's real name is Philip Pirrip, but he is known as Pip. As might already know pip is the protagonist of the novel. We first see pip in the graveyard in the marshes looking at his parents and five of his little brothers graves that died young. One of Dickens' great strengths as a writer is his use of narrative to describe places and convey atmosphere. In Great Expectations the main character, Pip, and this first person narrate the novel narrative gives us Pip's personal response to the strange and often sinister places in which he finds himself. ...read more.

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When Pip was taking the food and the file to the convict on Christmas morning. Dicken portrays the setting using adjectives like 'rimy morning' and 'damp', these make the setting seem depressing and dull. There is a repetition of the image of dampness; this shows us how glum and monotonous it is in the marches. Dickens description of the setting shows the audience how Pip feels this morning he feels scared and worried because of the convict. Dickens use of metaphor "as if some goblin had been crying there all night and day and using the window for a pocket handkerchief," this reveals that Pip has a vivid imagination and that he feels like crying. It also revels Pip's fear of the convict and Mrs Joe, "Holloa, young thief! ' one black ox..." this reveals Pip's imagination, fear and guilt because he stolen Mrs Joe's pork pie for the convict and through that he had committed a crime. This was very disagreeable to a guilty mind, " this shows us Pip's guilt directly and he feels that he has betrayed Joe because he hasn't told Joe about the convict and they are like best friends and they both care for each other so Pip feels guilty for not confiding in Joe about the convict. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pp doesn't want be common any more and so desires an education. Pip blames Joe the way he was raised, as he was his only role model. Dickens shows his attitude to Victorian Education through Pip Victorian Education for the working class was not given much importance. Dicken believed that it is unfair and not equal. He shows his views through Pip. Pip attended a night school that was run by Mr Wopsels great aunt. She didn't care about her pupils " Mr Wopsels great aunt fell into a state of come," this shows us that not much importance was given to working class education. The Bildungsroman genre is linked to education, and desire. Pip has a desire to become a gentlemen and education is vital in order to achieve his goal. Dicken establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, our first impression of Pip is that we see him as vulnerable and a 'bundle of shivers'. However at the end he has changed a lot in term of relationship and desire. At the start of the he didn't want to be any more than a blacksmith and he has no desires. The start of the novel is again like a Bildungsroman because the novel is about the single individual's growth and development, Pip trying to search for a meaningful existence. ...read more.

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