Great Expectations

Great Expectations Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and moved to London on his twelfth. Because his father spent more than he earned, Dickens had to work in a blacking factory, of which he was very ashamed. This had a great influence on his writing, because he attacked the social differences in the Victorian age. Other titles: Oliver Twist Hard Times David Copperfield Title The title:” Great Expectations” is about the expectations, which the young man Pip has for his future life, during his life. From little expectations, increasing to great and in the end he finally has peace with his fate. First published October 1861 Edition Wordsworth Classics Number of pages 412 Genre Novel of character Theme It’s about the struggle that a man has in his life to find out what he wants belongs and the difficulties, like love, good and evil, friendship, financial troubles, he has to conquer to form his character.

List of main characters and description of them Pip: Main person, he is seen through his complete life. He is a boy with no expectations, until an anonymous benefactor adopts him, so he becomes a boy of great expectations. Therefore he goes to London to become a gentleman, and he falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Finally, he finds out, which persons are his real friends and which just want to have some profit. Herbert: Pips best friend. A very loyal person with great ideas but who has lack of money to make them reality. Pip gives him the money. Joe: An old, loyal, simple labor man, who has raised Pip and will never abandon him.

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Miss Havisham: An old lady, who has been left by a man and therefore hates them and lives in very strange circumstances. She raises Estella, so she can take revenge for her. Estella: Very beautiful girl, who hurts Pip repeatedly by not returning his love. She is raised so she could revenge men, but in the end, finally Pip and she come together. Wemmick: An old man, who provides Pip of the needed advice, when he has some doubts about life, or friendship. Narrative technique The story is told by Pip. He is the only one, through whose eyes we see the story.

The story is chronological and starts from the beginning. There are no flashbacks, only people tell something about someone’s past. Time lapse 30-35 years In what period or time is the story situated England in the beginning of the Victorian age. Style Long sentences, with extra information, uses Dickens in this book. It is very long-winded.

What is your own opinion of the work The story isn’t attractive to read when you start reading it. Dickens introduction is very long and reading progresses very slow. However, when you get further on in the book that improves. Dickens succeeds in making a story that is intriguing, because of the themes, which still are very up-to-date. While reading the book, I found the young man Pip a very charming character, with a pleasant view of life.

Also his companion and friend Herbert, has the same sort of view. Nice about the book, is the number of characters that Dickens creates, which are in fact all stereotypes, but that you realize only but in the end. But Dickens has written a book, that he also could have written in 200 pages, because some of the situations could easily have been left out, without feeling that the book is incomplete. Short summary Pip is raised in a little place by his older daughter and her husband Joe. One night he meets a villain who he brings some food.

He gets his education at Mr. Pumblechook who sends him to Miss Havisham. This is a very old, but strange lady, who lives in the dark with a very beautiful girl. Pip falls in love to her. But she thinks he isn’t a gentleman.

Then a lawyer appears who says that some anonymous benefactor wants Pip to become a boy of Great Expectations and therefore he has to go to London to become a gentleman. Therefore, he does. In London, he becomes best friend with Herbert Pocket, who wants to have an insurance company. His benefactor turns out to be the criminal who he once brought some food. Heavily disappointment, and feeling mere hate against his benefactor, he gets into debts and only by intervening of Joe he gets out of jail.

Pip sets himself to honest work to pay his debts. Meanwhile Estella, whose father was the villain, has married Pips enemy Bentley Drummle, but he treats her badly and after his death Pip and Estella are reunited.

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and moved to London on his twelfth.

Because his father spent more than he earned, Dickens had to work in a blacking
factory, of which he was very ashamed. This had a great influence on his
writing, because he attacked the social differences in the Victorian age. Other
titles: Oliver Twist Hard Times David Copperfield Title The title:” Great
Expectations” is about the expectations, which the young man Pip has for
his future life, during his life. From little expectations, increasing to great
and in the end he finally has peace with his fate. First published October 1861
Edition Wordsworth Classics Number of pages 412 Genre Novel of character Theme
It’s about the struggle that a man has in his life to find out what he wants
belongs and the difficulties, like love, good and evil, friendship, financial
troubles, he has to conquer to form his character. List of main characters and
description of them Pip: Main person, he is seen through his complete life. He
is a boy with no expectations, until an anonymous benefactor adopts him, so he
becomes a boy of great expectations. Therefore he goes to London to become a
gentleman, and he falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Finally, he finds
out, which persons are his real friends and which just want to have some profit.

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Herbert: Pips best friend. A very loyal person with great ideas but who has lack
of money to make them reality. Pip gives him the money. Joe: An old, loyal,
simple labor man, who has raised Pip and will never abandon him. Miss Havisham:
An old lady, who has been left by a man and therefore hates them and lives in
very strange circumstances. She raises Estella, so she can take revenge for her.

Estella: Very beautiful girl, who hurts Pip repeatedly by not returning his
love. She is raised so she could revenge men, but in the end, finally Pip and
she come together. Wemmick: An old man, who provides Pip of the needed advice,
when he has some doubts about life, or friendship. Narrative technique The story
is told by Pip. He is the only one, through whose eyes we see the story. The
story is chronological and starts from the beginning. There are no flashbacks,
only people tell something about someone’s past. Time lapse 30-35 years In what
period or time is the story situated England in the beginning of the Victorian
age. Style Long sentences, with extra information, uses Dickens in this book. It
is very long-winded. What is your own opinion of the work The story isn’t
attractive to read when you start reading it. Dickens introduction is very long
and reading progresses very slow. However, when you get further on in the book
that improves. Dickens succeeds in making a story that is intriguing, because of
the themes, which still are very up-to-date. While reading the book, I found the
young man Pip a very charming character, with a pleasant view of life. Also his
companion and friend Herbert, has the same sort of view. Nice about the book, is
the number of characters that Dickens creates, which are in fact all
stereotypes, but that you realize only but in the end. But Dickens has written a
book, that he also could have written in 200 pages, because some of the
situations could easily have been left out, without feeling that the book is
incomplete. Short summary Pip is raised in a little place by his older daughter
and her husband Joe. One night he meets a villain who he brings some food. He
gets his education at Mr. Pumblechook who sends him to Miss Havisham. This is a
very old, but strange lady, who lives in the dark with a very beautiful girl.

Pip falls in love to her. But she thinks he isn’t a gentleman. Then a lawyer
appears who says that some anonymous benefactor wants Pip to become a boy of
Great Expectations and therefore he has to go to London to become a gentleman.

Therefore, he does. In London, he becomes best friend with Herbert Pocket, who
wants to have an insurance company. His benefactor turns out to be the criminal
who he once brought some food. Heavily disappointment, and feeling mere hate
against his benefactor, he gets into debts and only by intervening of Joe he
gets out of jail. Pip sets himself to honest work to pay his debts. Meanwhile
Estella, whose father was the villain, has married Pips enemy Bentley Drummle,
but he treats her badly and after his death Pip and Estella are reunited.


Book Reports

Great Expectations

Chapter 1
As an infant, Philip Pirrip was unable to pronounce either his first name or his last; doing his best, he called himself “Pip,” and the name stuck. Now Pip, a young boy, is an orphan living in his sister’s house in the marsh country in the west of England.

One evening, Pip sits in the isolated village churchyard, staring at his parents’ tombstones. Suddenly, a horrific man, growling, dressed in rags, and with his legs in chains, springs out from behind the gravestones and seizes Pip. This escaped convict questions Pip harshly and demands that Pip bring him food and a file with which he can saw away his leg irons.

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Chapter 2
Frightened into obedience, Pip runs to the house he shares with his overbearing sister and her kindly husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. The boy stashes some bread and butter in one leg of his pants, but he is unable to get away quickly. It is Christmas Eve, and Pip is forced to stir the holiday pudding all evening. His sister, whom Pip calls Mrs. Joe, thunders about. She threatens Pip and Joe with her cane, which she has named Tickler, and with a foul-tasting concoction called tar-water. Very early the next morning, Pip sneaks down to the pantry, where he steals some brandy (mistakenly refilling the bottle with tar-water, though we do not learn this until Chapter 5) and a pork pie for the convict. He then sneaks to Joe’s smithy, where he steals a file. Stealthily, he heads back into the marshes to meet the convict.

Chapter 3
Unfortunately, the first man he finds hiding in the marshes is actually a second, different convict, who simply strikes Pip and flees. When Pip finally comes upon his original tormentor, he finds him suffering, cold, wet, and hungry. Pip is kind to the man, but the convict becomes violent again when Pip mentions the other escapee he encountered in the marsh, as though the news troubles him greatly. As the convict scrapes at his leg irons with the file, Pip slips away through the mists and returns home.


Chapter 4
As he returns home, Pip is overwhelmed by a sense of guilt for having helped the convict. He even expects to find a policeman waiting for him at Joe’s house. When Pip slips into the house, he finds no policemen, only Mrs. Joe busy in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner. Pip eats breakfast alone with Joe. The two go to church; Mrs. Joe, despite her moralizing habits, stays behind.

Christmas dinner is an agonizing affair for Pip, who is crowded into a corner of the table by his well-to-do Uncle Pumblechook and the church clerk, Mr. Wopsle. Terrified that his sneaking out of the house to help the convict will be discovered, Pip nearly panics when Pumblechook asks for the brandy and finds the bottle filled with tar-water. His panic increases when, suddenly, several police officers burst into the house with a pair of handcuffs.


Chapter 5
Pip is sure that the policemen have come to arrest him, but all they want is for Joe to fix their handcuffs. The bumbling policemen tell Pip and Joe that they are searching for a pair of escaped convicts, and the two agree to participate in the manhunt. Seeing the policemen, Pip feels a strange surge of worry for “his” convict.

After a long hunt, the two convicts are discovered together, fighting furiously with one another in the marsh. Cornered and captured, Pip’s convict protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the food and file himself. The convict is taken away to a prison ship and out of Pip’s lifeso Pip believesforever.


Chapter 6
Joe carries Pip home, and they finish their Christmas dinner; Pip sleepily heads to bed while Joe narrates the scene of the capture to Mrs. Joe and the guests. Pip continues to feel powerfully guilty about the incidentnot on his sister’s account, but because he has not told the whole truth to Joe.


Chapter 7
After the incident, some time passes. Pip lives with his guilty secret and struggles to learn reading and writing at Mrs. Wopsle’s school. At school, Pip befriends Biddy, the granddaughter of the teacher. One day, Joe and Pip sit talking; the illiterate Joe admires a piece of writing Pip has just done. Suddenly, Mrs. Joe bursts in with Pumblechook. Highly self-satisfied, they reveal that Pumblechook

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