Suggested Essay Topics
1. Why is the first chapter so important?
2. Compare and contrast Pip and the first convict.
3. What examples of humor can be found in the first chapter?
4. Explain why the story is more interesting written in first person point of view.
Chapters 2 and 3
1. Explain how guilt has affected Pip’s life.
2. Define pun, and how it is used in these chapters.
3. Discuss the theme of right and wrong or good and evil.
4. How is the relationship between Pip and his sister different from the relationship between Pip and Joe.
Chapters 4 and 5
1. Describe the Christmas dinner from Pip’s point of view.
2. How are the attitudes of Pip and Joe toward the first convict similar? How does the convict’s behavior warrant some compassion?
3. What themes are beginning to emerge from these chapters?
Chapters 6 and 7
1. How does Dickens build suspense in his novel?
2. Explain how the bond between Pip and Joe becomes even stronger.
3. Describe Joe’s relationship with Pip and his relationship with his wife.
Chapters 8 and 9
1. How does Pip’s day at Miss Havisham’s change him forever?
2. Compare Miss Havisham and Satis House.
3. Describe Estella and her effect on Pip....
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