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Great Expectations Symbolism

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Great Expectations Coursework: What's the novel about? The novel "Great expectations" is about a young boy called Pip, meets an escaped convict called Magwitch in the graveyard and by helping him survive by providing the convict food that he stole from his family, after the convict was arrested and shipped to Australia for a few years Pip becomes a gentleman from the money of a unknown benefactor. Though Pip always thought it was Miss. Havasham, (a wealthy old women who calls Pip round to play) it turns out to be the man he least expects, Magwitch actually. Pip feels ashamed by this, but soon he changes and becomes close to Magwitch, Eventually Pip meets a girl called Estella and falls in love, though the girls doesn't love him she still leads him on but then leaves to attend a finishing school, Pip then moves to London for a job and moves in with a man called Herbert Pockets then discovering they had met a few years before in Miss Havasham's garden. ...read more.


The novel was written in the 1800's. Charles dickens started writing stories for children who he thought could do with something to get stuck into. He tried to put issues out to the public and make them realise what's going on around them, he made stories about poverty and crime so that people would realise and try and do something about it. Pip is given �500 a year to live off - about 50 times what a servant would earn, and 10 times what a vicar would earn. What social class does this make Pip? I would say that Pip is lower class. Because he hasn't really done anything to earn this money, it was given to him as thanks you for helping someone a few years back, and he doesn't even have you work. What social class is Magwitch? Upper middle class I suppose because he works hard for the money but then passes it on to someone else for there use. ...read more.


an unknown benefactor and moves to London but then soon forgets about his family and when Joe comes to visit him in his new home he is embarrassed of him towards Mr Pockets. "Yes; he replied, I do wish to come in, master" - Shows that Magwitch is polite to Pip and now thinks he's a gentleman also he knows that Pip thinks he's better but only from his secret generosity. "Pray what is your business?" I asked him. - Shows that Pip is more in power now then he was in chapter one, because he asks a lot of questions. Magwitch has changed throughout the novel from a nasty, tatty escaped convict to an old, hard working, tatty old man that just wanted to come and tell Pip that he is very thankful for what he did and inform him that he is the person who has been giving him all this money over the past few years. ?? ?? ?? ?? Branagh Daly 11w English Coursework 09/10/08 ...read more.

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