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In Great Expectations Nothing Is What It Seems

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In Great Expectations Nothing Is What It Seems By Stephanie Buttery I believe that in "Great Expectations" nothing is as it seems. Usually the first few sentences of a book can tell you what you want to know about the whole story. For example if a book starts "once upon a time there was beautiful princess," you can expect a tale of adventure, ending "they all lived happily ever after". However, in a story beginning with a young boy looking at a grave stone in the middle of a marsh, anything could happen. Great Expectations is a book filled with twisting and turning and all the while nothing is as it seems. Mental illusion is predominately appearing on every page of this book. That makes a good structure for a dramatic mystery like Great Expectations. The settings for Great Expectations show a lot of illusions. The fist illusion we read is on the marshes when Pip is paying respects to his family. Pip thinks that he can see sinister unknown objects "intersected with dykes and mounds" the mound are actually a herd of cattle. ...read more.


Pip took that opportunity to become a gentleman by lodging with another trainee gentleman in Pips case Herbert Pocket. Jaggers' house is a vast mansion and we are under the impression that Jaggers' standard of living is good; however his quality of life is bad, because he thrives on secrecy and lies. In his huge mansion he only abides in two rooms. This leads me to that Jaggers is a recluse and a crook. Personally if I knew someone like that I would choose not to associate with them and in the story he only has one person who respects him as he wants them to, that is his house mistress "Molly". Even Molly doesn't like Jaggers she is just scared of him, because he refers to her in company as "a wild beast tamed". Philip Pirrip is the centre focus for this pre 1914 drama story. He was a blacksmith's "son" who wants to make more of his life. After meeting Estella; where he his told that he is common because he calls jacks "knaves" after this confrontation he is determined to become a true gentleman. ...read more.


Mr Jaggers is one of the story's biggest crooks. He is Miss Haversham's lawyer (which is another reason Pip thought she was his benefactor). At the start of the story we think that he is a helpful ally to Pip, later on we find out that he is a crook only interested in money and always keeping his nose clean. He is also inhumane and has no respect for the welfare of human life, except his own. He gives Estella to Miss Haversham, even though he has seen the conditions of her house and knows it is no place to raise a child. Mr Jaggers is a successful lawyer because he has abused his power over the lives of his clients. However if he foresees trouble he will remain completely oblivious of his clients affairs. I think that there is a lot of twists and turns in Great Expectations. There is a new idea emerging in every part of the book. When Pip is young he knew fewer families and cared less about money than when he gets older and becomes in debt and makes new friends and learns about their families. For example Able Magwich starts out as criminal and ends a gentleman, to Pip. ...read more.

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