• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Reading Notes: Great Expectations Plot Outline

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Ari Gardarsson Reading Notes: Great Expectations October 23, 2011 IB English The book Great Expectations is written in three volumes with each volume around 20 chapters. Charles Dickens, the author, was paid by the word which was quite evident because he rambled on sometimes and elongated sentences with unnecessary details of either objects or people that didn't affect the story at all. It is also a bildungsroman novel, meaning that it focuses on the physiological and moral growth of the protagonist (in this case Pip) from youth to adulthood. Great Expectations is a book about a boy named Philip Pirrip, or Pip as he is most often called. He lives in Kent with his sister, Mrs. Joe (Georgiana), who raised him by "hand", and her husband Mr. Joe. In the beginning, he encounters an escaped convict, Magwitch, who tells Pip to steal food and a file for him. He thanks the boy and is touched by the fact that Pip brought him what he asked for (even though Pip really didn't have a choice). However, later the convict is caught. Pip is then invited, unexpectedly, to miss Havisham's, a wealthy recluse (as she has locked herself away from sunlight), house. ...read more.

Middle

But Pip saves her from the dust by opening the windows and "sets her free". They then hold hands and leave the wretched house and Pip says, "I saw the shawdow of no parting from her." This, to me, gives the sort of impression that he will be imprisoned in this relationship forever because he doesn't seem entirely happy to be finally with the love of his life. Or maybe the sun is behind them casting their shadow out in front of them and can literally see the shadow of them holding hands. There were many important characters in this book but in my opinion, only three stood out from the rest: Pip (obviously), Miss Havisham, and Estella. Pip was a young boy in kent and was said to have no expectations and was beaten with many objects by his sister Mrs. Joe. He is a poor boy but quickly makes his way up in the world, after inheriting a great deal of money, which he thought came from miss Havisham. But it is later found out that is came from Magwitch. Pip goes then to London to become a gentleman and quickly becomes a snob and is easily embarrassed by Joe when he comes to visit. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the book she is found sitting at miss Havisham's house and seems to be falling under the same "spell" that took over Miss Havisham and made her into a recluse. But Pip stops that from happening. In the book there were some words that seemed to be normal to find in an old English novel. Words that wouldn't be heard in modern day Britain. � Gibbet: A place where people were hanged. � Flaxen: A pale grayish-yellow color, often referring to hair. � Betwixt: Between. There were many other words that showed up in the novel which were quite perplexing and required me to pick up a dictionary (aka merriam-webster.com) and search for the word in question. The book does pertain to present day reality because sometimes, if people inherit a large sum of money, they might blow it all and lose their friends because the person becomes and snob and once everything is over, he is left with nothing. Luckily, however, Pip still had Joe, Biddy and Herbert and in the very end, Estella. It also shows greed and karma because being greedy with all of his money, he became a snob and blew off Joe when he came to visit so karma decided to step in and "shoot" him down. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Blood Wedding by Lorca. Plot outline and analysis.

    Lorca's characters are often wearing black, "The MOTHER is dressed in black satin and wears a lace mantilla. The BRIDEGROOM wears a black corduroy suit and a large gold chain" (Act One, Scene 3) Synthesizing Through a repeated use of violent imagery and word choice, Lorca highlights the violent and brutal lives of his characters.

  2. How Power is Presented in 'Mr. Pip'. 'Mr. Pip', the story of Matilda, ...

    Watts relationship with Matilda, as well as the other children, is one based on respect. "And for the first time in all the years I'd seen him dragging Mrs. Pop Eye behind in that trolley, he smiled. After that I never called him Pop Eye again."

  1. A Farewell to Arms - plot outline

    as a serviceman so she let him sent to the front as soon as possible.Because of this incident Catherine and Henry had to fall apart for some time. Henry travels to the front, where Italian forces are losing ground. Soon after Henry's arrival, a bombardment begins.

  2. The Visit

    Alfred Ill, the victim? ? Durrenmatt forces us to ask: ? Is Ill a victim of circumstances? ? Or is he responsible for the circumstances? ? The play shows his development from the recognition of his hamartia - i.e. his peripeteia - to his anagnorisis, when he acknowledges his guilt and grows into a tragic hero.

  1. Reflections on "Miss Julie" in a cultural context

    The play, written by the author August Strindberg, is a naturalistic tragedy that takes place in a kitchen during Midsummer which is a Swedish holiday. As we were discussing this play, I realized that almost everything I thought everyone would agree upon (symbols, culture, theme etc.)

  2. Madame Bovary Notes

    * The 1st chapter begins w/ 1st person plural, it is as if "we" are observing Charles on his first day @ school; by the second page it slowly shifts to 3rd person. * Charles Bovary is the son of a former army surgeon and his wife, who now live on a small farm.

  1. Great Expectations as a Bildungsroman

    This is his "search for meaningful existence within society". We see his happiness and eagerness when he finds out that he has inherited a fortune, "My dream was out; my wild fancy was surpassed by sober reality; Miss Havisham was going to make my fortune on a grand scale."

  2. The Man Behind It All. Magwitch in "Great Expectations".

    I was clearly on my way there.? (15) The worst reason for guilt that this threat had created however was that it kept Pip from telling Joe the whole truth. ?I morbidly represented to myself that if Joe knew it, I never see him at the fireside feeling his fair whichker, without thinking that he was meditating on it.? (41)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work