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What is the point of view of Great Expectations?

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bucker3 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM via web

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What is the point of view of Great Expectations?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Great Expectations is told entirely in the first person and from Pip's point of view. The story is told in the past tense. Everything that is described by the narrator, Pip, has already happened. This type of narration is useful to the author because it allows him to explore feelings and impressions. Pip happens to be an observant, intelligent and sensitive youth, so his feelings and impressions are interesting and usually significant. Dickens used the same first-person narration in David Copperfield. Mark Twain used it in Huckleberry Finn, though not in Tom Sawyer.

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