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Great Expectations

Pip goes to Cairo and Estella marries someone else. There are two endings of the book. Charles Dickens was advised by a friend to make the ending a little happier, so he revised it. However, in...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

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The title of Charles Dickens's second-to-last work in which he writes with what critics term "extravagant didacticism" and stylistic decorations that "exceed all bounds" indicates the grand...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 8:54 am UTC

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The relationship between Pip and Estella in Great Expectations is incredibly complex and goes through many different stages. When they first meet as children, Estella treats Pip with scorn,...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 11:28 am UTC

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The main themes in Charles Dickens's popular 1861 novel Great Expectations are class differences, crime and injustice, and dreams and aspirations. Class differences One of the main themes in the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021 12:18 pm UTC

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When Pip first meets Magwitch in the marshes as a young boy, he is terrified at the sight of a man with a leg iron. The convict threatens Pip and demands that he bring him a file and food.Pip is...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

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Joe is the husband of Pip's much older sister. He is a blacksmith, a humble occupation, somewhat like being a car mechanic today. When Pip's parents die it is the kind-hearted Joe, rather than...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 1:39 pm UTC

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Pip’s expectations are broken down into a cycle of how he experiences the world. Stage One: Childhood and the Rise to Riches Pip has almost no expectations when the book opens. He agrees to help...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012 5:46 am UTC

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"I little thought," said Estella, "that I should take leave of you in taking leave of this spot. I am very glad to do so." "Glad to part again, Estella? To me, parting is a painful thing. To me,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 7:12 am UTC

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Miss Havisham is an eccentric old lady who is always dressed in her wedding dress. She is described as being "faded" - everything about her is old and decaying. Her hair is white and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2008 10:01 am UTC

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One cannot answer this question without first thinking about Miss Havisham. She was jilted as a young woman and never recovered from the loss; because of her disappointment in love, she has groomed...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 11:26 pm UTC

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Pip lies to Mrs. Joe and Uncle Pumblechook because he does not want to tell them what happens at Miss Havisham’s house. He does not think they will understand. When Pip returns home from Miss...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

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Pip reaches London in chapter 20 of Great Expectations after much eager anticipation. His departure is a great event—not only for him but also for Joe and Biddy and various members of the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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At the graveyard at the beginning of chapter 1, Pip hears a man telling him to stand still or "I'll cut your throat." A man appears, dressed in "coarse grey" with a "great iron on his leg." Pip...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 4:35 pm UTC

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Out of all the film adaptations of Great Expectations, the 1946 David Lean version tends to receive the most celebration. The film is quite close to the spirit of the original novel, capturing the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 12:45 pm UTC

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Biddy was a former classmate of Pip's, and she acts as a foil to Estella and is the overlooked potential love of Pip. She represents everything that Pip should seek in a wife but misses out on due...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 3:25 pm UTC

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Pip is a complex character. His parents die when he is young and he is raised by his abusive sister and Joe, who is loving yet simple. Raised in an environment in which his sister often beats him...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2017 11:37 am UTC

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In Stage Two, Chapter XXVII, Pip receives a tardy message from Joe, who asks to visit Pip. And, even though the message, written by Biddy, expresses Joe's wish that Pip "excuse it [the visit] for...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 10:16 am UTC

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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens is a bildungsroman that is divided into three important stages of the life of Pip, the main character. As an ingenuous boy, Pip lives with his shrewish...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2009 1:57 am UTC

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Estella married Drummle because she knew he was a terrible person and everyone would be perplexed and hurt that she married him. She was more interested in hurting her suitors, because there were...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 3:05 am UTC

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The context of this quote is that Pip has just come home from his first day at Miss Havisham's house. Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook want to know all about it. Pip feels incapable of explaining what...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 8:36 pm UTC

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Miss Havisham is an eccentric lady who lives a life of seclusion. She has a reputation for being strange, and few have actually seen the inside of her house. [Everybody] for miles round had heard...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 4:16 pm UTC

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In Chapter Eleven of Great Expectations, Pip is wandering around Miss Havisham's yard when he encounters a "pale young gentleman" with "red eyelids" and "light hair." Rather unexpectedly, this...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2017 10:31 am UTC

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The fairy-tale theme in this novel is most apparent in its depiction of a rags-to-riches situation with the character of Pip. Pip is born in humble, rural, working-class surroundings but then...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 9:05 am UTC

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Pip has many expectations, but I think the main expectation in Dickens' novel, and the one to which the title refers, is that Miss Havisham is going to do something wonderful for him. When he...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2012 3:18 pm UTC

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The most important moral lessons from the book are: being a good person is more important than wealth; good deeds will come back to benefit you; bad deeds will come back to haunt you; family is the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 3:01 am UTC

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To describe a scene is to show it through the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Pip's visit to Mr. Wemmick's home is perhaps the most whimsical chapter in the novel and Dickens...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017 1:37 pm UTC

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Pip and Miss Havisham have a complicated relationship. She relies on him because she needs someone for Estella to practice on. Although she hates all men, and presumably boys, she does seem to...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013 10:30 pm UTC

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Charles Dickens uses humor and pathos both singly and together. Although the novel has many serious themes, Dickens makes the narrative more compelling through the constant interjection of humorous...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 3:57 am UTC

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The nature of Pip's and Joe Gargery's relationship is one of the protective properties of love. The orphaned Pip comes to live with the older sister, Mrs. Gargery, who abuses him, both physically...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 4:54 am UTC

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On the one hand, Pip is tempted to show him off to Trabb's boy, yet at the same time he worries that Trabb's boy might reveal some of Pip's humble past and the Avenger would ridicule him...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 2:08 am UTC

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Estella explicitly says that she has "no heart" in chapter 29: "You must know," said Estella, condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might, "that I have no heart—if that has...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 10:59 pm UTC

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In Chapter 8 of "Great Expectations" Pip arrives at Satis House after having been brought by Uncle Pumblechook at the request of Miss Havisham. He is there to play with Estella, who haughtily...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009 4:34 am UTC

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1. Another significant event in Pip's journey to maturity, is his detour after having gone with Joe to Miss Havisham to sign the papers of indenture. Afterwards, Pumblechook, "that basest of...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 3:13 pm UTC

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On the face of it, it might seem rather noble of Miss Havisham to take in the offspring of a couple of common criminals. But in actual fact, there are less selfless motives at work. Ever since she...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 6:35 am UTC

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Biddy is a perfect contrast to both Estella and Pip. She is a patient, sweet, kind, simple girl who is completely happy with her social status. Like Pip, Biddy is an orphan. Unlike Pip, she does...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 2:38 am UTC

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Miss Havisham commands Pip and Joe to meet with her in order to sign over Pip as an apprentice to Joe. From the time Pip is young, Miss Havisham invites him to her house to watch him play with...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014 1:38 am UTC

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Though some critics have argued that Great Expectations isn’t a pure bildungsroman in that it incorporates a number of other genres, it nonetheless displays the basic qualities one would associate...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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I used to think, with a weariness on my spirits, that I should have been happier and better if I had never seen Miss Havisham's face, and had risen to manhood content to be partners with Joe in...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 6:36 am UTC

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Wemmick is clearly a dual personality. He is "wooden" at the office, having "a post-office mouth" that merely takes in the information, sorting it, and sending out what is necessary. In many...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010 10:08 am UTC

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While short stories usually have a singleness of setting, conflict and climax, in novels there are often multiple settings and conflicts. Such is the case, of course, with Charles Dickens's Great...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2010 2:18 am UTC

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Having spent time with Pip in her great-aunt's school, Biddy becomes childhood friends with Pip, especially because both are orphans and are emotionally neglected in their homes. Then, when Mrs....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015 4:13 pm UTC

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Mr. Jaggers was a lawyer from London, sent by Pip’s benefactor to inform him and Joe on the offer made and the conditions of the said offer. The lawyer first informed Joe of the offer to relieve...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 9:12 am UTC

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In one respect, Great Expectations is a social satire that criticizes the social justice of the Victorian Age as well as the fawning admiration of the rising middle class for what he perceived as a...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2011 11:36 am UTC

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Pip meets the convict in the marshes in a cemetery. Pip’s meeting of the convict was a fortuitous event, for sure. The day starts fairly ordinarily. Since most of Pip’s family is dead, including...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 12:41 am UTC

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Much of the humor in Great Expectations comes from Dickens's detailed descriptions of his larger-than-life characters. For instance, Uncle Pumblechook is described as "a large, hard-breathing,...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018 5:55 am UTC

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Miss Havisham wants to gain revenge on the whole of mankind for being jilted on her wedding day all of those years ago. She doesn't deliberately set out to fool Pip as to the true identity of his...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

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Molly, Mr. Jaggers's housekeeper, is a minor character with a big secret: she is Magwitch's wife and Estella's mother. Molly had been accused of murder, but Jaggers was able to get her acquitted,...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2017 12:51 pm UTC

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The two convicts Pip encounters are Abel Magwitch and his partner, the evil gentleman conman Compeyson. When Pip first meets them, he is a small boy. He is visiting his family tombstones in the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 6:55 pm UTC

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"Great Expectations" is significant also as a Bildungsroman, or the "novel of maturation." And it is for this reason, Dickens's novel is often included in school anthologies. The moral lessons...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2009 1:12 am UTC

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In Great Expectations, the names employed by Dickens are significant because they help to convey his key ideas. Here are some examples: Pip - the word, Pip, means the seed of a fruit and, just like...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2016 9:51 am UTC

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