Where is there any irony or descriptive language in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Dickens is notably one of the best writers of description, so I would encourage you to open to most any page of the book to find some, besides you are asking two questions in one and that is not allowed. Thus, I will address this issue of irony.

Irony is a surprising twist of events. This occurs regularly throughout the story.

  • It is ironic that the man Pip meets on the marshes has a great iron on his leg as Pip is a child living in a blacksmith's forge. (Chapters 1-3)
  • Irony is a convict that is so rich that he may anonymously fund Pip's attempt to become a gentleman. (Chapter 40)
  • Irony is high society Estella having parents of much less than noble social class in Magwitch and Molly. (Chapter 56)
  • It is ironic that Pip's challenger in the pale young gentleman becomes his best friend Herbert Pocket later in the story. (Chapter 22)


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shlaroy | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Great Expectations tells a story which, in its essentials, is serious and even sombre. Dickens was a great in irony. To present his irony he used his distinguished description.

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