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Related articles. Also the whole deal with the dying of Ms. Havernsham is kinda creepy. Something I did have to keep correcting myself in my mind was that the use of certain words has changed mightily since this was written. When someone asks is he an intimate, this isn't referring to a date, but to a close friend, for instance.
I noted that unless he's given them no first name, Dickens has a habit of referring to characters by their title and first name.
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It's a touch unnerving. I've gotten just about past the half way point. My loan expires tomorrow. I'm not looking to renew. The story isn't real compelling to me, and the "Great Expectations" are two fold: what Pip expects of himself and what others expect of Pip. This is definitely a long winded fictional biography.
I'm not into biographies most times. Might be why this isn't my type of book. By this point in Dickens' writing career, he is less intrigued with cartoonish, humorous caricatures of people and more involved in the depth of their personalities. Joe, the simple but loving blacksmith who is unhappily married to Pip's sister, Estelle, and Miss Havisham have all finally received reasons and intrigue and a backstory to explain themselves. He stumbles upon an escaped fugitive one night who terrifies him and colors his childhood for many years. Time passes, schooling might start or not , and Pip meets the odd Miss Havisham who lives on abandoned home and brewery with her ward, Estelle.
Pip spends almost as much time there as at school, and events at home include his sister and her alliance with narrow-minded townsfolk. As Pip grows older, his heart remains compassionate towards Joe, towards Estelle, and towards the strange Herbert, despite Pip's abuse at his sister's hands.
She is beaten during a robbery and left without an ability to speak, while Pip is sent off to London to claim his inheritance. What gives this book its depth is that Pip has "great expectations" about where his new-found fortune originates, how much more richly he can live, and yet nothing becomes as it seems. Herbert and he become fast friends; Herbert knows the backstory for Miss Havisham; Pip's personal lawyer, Mr. Wemmick is a different person at home and at the office; and finally Pip's personal benefactor becomes a central character.
Definitely one of Dickens' best writings, and worth the time put into it. The complete novels of Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens. Great Expectations I by Charles Dickens. David Copperfield [Adapted] by Alastair Cording.
Great Expectations [ film] by David Lean. Grave Expectations by Sherri Browning Erwin.
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Sparknotes: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig. The Invisible Woman film. World's Best Reading. Great Expectations is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens's most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped Dickens's searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class. Editions: , , , X , , , , An edition of this book was published by Coffeetown Press.
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Member Tools: Member Login. By Denise on August 15, Dickens always has the power to touch what is human in us all. By on February 18, Let's be honest: if you are reading this book for your English class, you will hate it. By mimi on January 12, Great Expectations was one of my most fave books.