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Great Expectations Speech I have decided to read and review "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. The book is set in the late 1800's and is a story about an orphan growing up and his struggles throughout life. My first impression of this book was that it would be a typical Charles Dickens plot, which meant a poor orphan adopted by his or her cruel and spiteful relatives. A good example in this case would be "David Copperfield." However my stereotypical thoughts proved wrong as usual and instead Great Expectations major themes revolved around love, vengeance and redemption. The story begins in a village near the marshes where a young boy called pip leaves with his sister and her husband Joe the blacksmith. One day at the marshes Pip meets an escaped convict who demands for food, fearing for his life Pip complies and the convict leaves without any trouble. ...read more.


With his newly earned money Pip tries to become a gentleman but fails and becomes phoney and superficial. We assume this as he continues to waste money in a London club called "Finches and Grooves" even though he himself thinks that they "dine expensively...quarrel expensively and spend money frivolously." Unfortunately for Pip his money spinning life style is short lived and his self-gratification comes to a downfall when he falls into debt. This is because his secret benefactor, Magwitch is arrested and so hence was his money and funding. It is only now through the trails and tribulations do wee see Pip realise that a true gentleman is not only about money, but also about morals. Consequently, Pip goes into a stage of redemption whereby he apologises to Joe and his wife Biddy for his previous snobbish attitudes and even develops a real affection for Magwitch who he previously thought was nothing but a low life. ...read more.


And so the story finishes with Estella and Pip reuniting as friends but nothing more. Both of them have learned to appreciate people for what they are and not shun them for what their not. From this novel Dickens has taught as an important lesson; you can't get something from nothing are in this case revenge hurts you as much it hurt others. This is reflected when Miss Haversham is left heartbroken because Estella says she cannot love her as she herself never received any. She says: "I am what you have made me." In conclusion, I thought this was a very well written book, although at times the plot was a bit too complex. Love was the backbone of the novel with a touch of mystery by its side. This book was so engrossing simply because both plot and character had such depth- I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you for listening. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tian Tang, 10E - 1 - ...read more.

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