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Great Expec Essay

  • Submitted by: kenyadog
  • on October 4, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 901 words

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Title: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Explanation of Title: Pip is always trying to better himself and live to great expectations.   He counts too much on what he doesn’t have and not enough on what he does have.
Protagonist: Pip
Antagonist: Charles Dickens did not exactly put in one particular antagonist.   Pip struggled with many people such as Magwitch, Mrs. Joe, Estella, Miss Havisham, Drummle, and Compeyson.
Major Characters: Pip, Joe, Mrs. Joe, Mrs. Havisham, Estella, Magwitch, Herbert, Jaggers, Wemmick, and Compeyson.
Point of View: 1st
Setting: The story took place around the 19th Century in London and England.
Tone: The tone was somewhat serious, dramatic, and sad.
Irony:   In the beginning of the book, Estella treats Pip poorly, but they end up being together.
Symbols:   Pip is a symbol for someone who wants to be what they’re not but ends up liking who they are better.   As a boy Pip wants to be a gentlemen to impress Estella, but decides that he is miserable.   “As I had grown accustomed to my expectations, I had intensibly begun to notice their effect upon myself and those around me” (Dickens 305).   Miss Havisham is an excellent symbol for manipulation.   She raised Estella as a stepdaughter whose main purpose was to seek revenge on men.   She tells Estella to go play with Pip.   “Well? You can break his heart” (Dickens 65).
Theme:   Exploration of human emotional growth, self-improvement.   Pip tries to improve to much and he can never live up to his expectations.
Quotes: "I took her hand in mine and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw the shadow of no parting from her" (Dickens 516).   This statement shows that after everything he has been through, Pip finally reaches his goals. "Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he...

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