Visual Art Ideas for Pip from Great ExpectationsI have several ideas for the themes of the book.  How would I illustrate the following themes:Alienation, lonliness, great respect for rise in...

Visual Art Ideas for Pip from Great Expectations

I have several ideas for the themes of the book. 

How would I illustrate the following themes:

Alienation, lonliness, great respect for rise in social power/wealth, lack of gratitude by Pip, suffering

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Estella.  She comments that moths hover around a candle, but the candle can't help it.  She also tells him she has no heart, but her heart is really broken.  I see an interpretive image of Estella as a candle, and the moth suitors flying around her.

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Alienation and lonliness may be pictured well by the "marshes" which are described in the book thusly:

At such a time I found out for certain that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip. 

A great drawing of a tiny boy on the desolate marshes would convey a lot, I think. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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What about a pair of wings with a heart in the center?  The wings represent Pip's desire to fly from his present state of poverty and lonliness (earthbound) to something better (skyward/stars/heaven) which he is able to do with the help of a benefactor's help.  The heart represents his desire for love, and then the recognition of true friendship and love as he matures and grows older, wiser.  The heart could be two-toned--half red and half black to represent Pip's suffering and maturity level--black for his selfishness and ingratitude toward Joe, Biddy, and others; pink/red for his emotional growth and realization.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Power and wealth, and the desire for them, are often described as "reaching for the stars".  To cover these themes and the theme of alienation, perhaps you could cover the front of the scrapbook with a night-time sky.  The moon might be clouded over, keeping things dark as darkness can apply suffering.  There would be a cluster of stars high in the sky, and a single star alone, lower than the rest - the lower star would be Pip.    The sky might overlook a forest of tangled tree limbs, indicating the tangled history of Pip's life, and the alienation of one smaller tree from other taller trees could reinforce the alienation and lonliness theme.