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Great Expectations. The book is set in two main settings, the marshes where Pip grows up and London where he later goes after inheriting his wealth

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Great Expectations The Book Great Expectations was originally a series of short stories shown once a week, before it became the novel we know today, the book was written and set in 1800 by Charles Dickens. The book is set in two main settings, the marshes where Pip grows up and London where he later goes after inheriting his wealth, the main characters of the book are Pip, Joe Gargery and Pips sister Mrs Gargery, we meet more characters as the book goes on such as Estella, Miss Havisham, Jaggers and of course Magwitch, all of these characters in one way or another are linked to Joe and Pip throughout the story. Pip Comes from a poor background of little wealth and not much property or money to his name, the only thing he has to look forward to at the present time is inheriting the blacksmiths from his father Joe, now Joe isn't actually Pips father but ever since Pips mother and father died, he has been put into the care of his older sister, Mrs Joe Gargery who has married the blacksmith Joe. Joe comes from a very poor background, much like Pips in a way, full of torment and misery, his father used to beat his mother as he drank and was drunk most of his life, this made him short ...read more.


meet Estella who is nasty to Pip and treats him like dirt by saying how poor and rough he looks 'And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!' This hurts Pip and makes him feel foolish in the presence of the upper classes. When he discovers he is going to come into wealth he is astounded, he can't believe this is happening, that he is going to have the opportunity to become a gentleman, Joe however does react quite the same as Pip, he is in a way upset at the fact that he is going to leave him, and for the forge to become nothing 'holding his knees tight, as if he had private information' this clearly shows that he isn't as happy as Pip, although further on, Joe warms to the idea and begins to spell it out in simple terms for Pip 'and went on to express so much wonder at the notion of my being a gentleman' This is when Pip begins to have second thoughts about his moving to London 'but as Joe and Biddy became more at their cheerful ease again, I became quite gloomy' I suspect the reason for this is because he realises he will be leaving all he knows behind. ...read more.


this is when he becomes ungrateful and embarrassed by Joe, Joe is hurt by this and assumes that him and Pip wont see each other again. This doesn't happen, after Pips hospital trip, he realises who his real friend has been all along, Joe, he feels awful about his behaviour towards this gentle man and is determined to re-connect with Joe. Upon going home, Pip has one intention in his mind, leave London, come home, and marry Biddy, once home he finds out that Joe and Buddy are set to marry after his sister has passed away, Pip feels truly gutted by this as he learns his lesson in the most hurtful way, everything he had, was everything that he wanted. We learn that Pip and Joe's relationship goes through many stages and that the things you think you want, you may not realise that you have right in front of you. A lot of things have changed since then, especially attitudes towards people and objects, back then people were poor and there was nothing they could do, they didn't have all the charities that we have today. I feel that Charles Dickens' books are still effective to us today as show problems that people face today in life, instead of farfetched problems that only book characters would have. ?? ?? ?? ?? Will Barrett ...read more.

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