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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens Chart Pip's growth in the novel from childhood to adulthood. What do you think Dickens wanted to say about the problems and dangers of this process?

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        The novel  Great Expectations  is a story of a young boy who has great expectations about what it is like to be a gentleman.  Pip s belief in what is involved in being a gentleman, leads him to look down on those who care for him, and as time progresses, his love for a woman, who would never love him, continues to grow, resulting in greater and greater heart break .

        The story opens on the Marshes of the Hoo Peninsula in Kent.  Here we are presented with the picture of a sad and lonely young boy.  He is really an orphan who calls himself Pip. All throughout the first section of the novel everything that happens Dickens portrays it in a child s view, using Pip as the narrator.   Pip, while trying to interpret the writing on his parents  grave, is terrorised by an escaped convict called Magwitch.  Pip promises to return to help him by bring him the food and file that the convict has demanded him for.  Here Dickens is showing his great talent to portray the world through a child s eye.  He portrays Pip (the child) as a small bundle of shivers, who is intelligent yet not educated, imaginative, egger for knowledge, yet sensitive and timid.  Pip is a guilt-ridden child who is driven by this to make an attempt to make sense of the world around him this creates great expectations, which leads to dissatisfaction. Pip is surrounded by false snobbery moral values this all in all over weighs his finer instincts.  Pip is a victim child of immaturity, coincidence and romantic illusions.

        On returning to Pip s house we see how badly he is treated l ashamed of his humble origins.

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