Discuss the plot construction & structure of Great Expectations.

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It is essential to realise that Dickens carefully structured this excellent story by dividing it into three distinct stages. These actually relate to the three volumes of the first edition when this novel first was published, but even though we do not have this novel divided up now, it is still important to consider the structure and how and why it is divided into three books. Critics have debated the structure of these three books hotly, and the following conclusions they have come to are as follows.

One interpretation is that the books represent the three Christian stages of innocence (Pip's childhood), fall and sin (his "Great Expectations ") and then finally redemption through suffering (the ending). Dickens was a writer...

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