I want to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. How can I read and discuss it successfully in a short time?I think there is a movie too; would you please help me to see the movie or...

I want to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. How can I read and discuss it successfully in a short time?

I think there is a movie too; would you please help me to see the movie or Cartoon?

I think watching the movie can be helpful; by the way youtub does not work in my place. Thank you very much

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, there is no substitute for the reading of classics such as Great Expectations. For, the richness of both the narrative and the inimitable style of Charles Dickens are enriching, to say the least.  However, in the interest of time, perhaps the best option that you have is to read an abridged edition of Charles Dickens's novel, accompanied by the viewing of film versions of this novel.  There are two about which I am acquainted:  an old black and white version which is aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and can probably be purchased from TCM or other concerns that deal with old movies; the second is a color BBC dramatization.  By reading the abridged and viewing different films, some of the gaps of what has been left out in the shortened book should be filled in for you.  Further, you can read summaries of all the chapters here on enotes as well as character analyses, and discussions of theme and other aspects by essayists in the criticism section.  So, be sure to check all the links to this great novel by Dickens here on enotes.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a good adaptation or modernization of the book if you want to get a feel for the themes.  It will give you the basic flavor of the ideas in a fun and easy setting.  However this is a book worth reading!  In my opinion, it is one of Dickens's most readable books.  Compared to the others, it's easy to follow.  It also has an engaging story and characters.  To really understand the book better you can read summaries and commentaries on enotes before you read and as you go along.  When you don't understand something, post a question here!  It is easy to use enotes and enotes is a great resource!

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree totally with #2. However, I will add that finding the text on mp3 is also a winner. I recommend downloading the audiobook of the text and popping it on your i-pod. I do this a lot when I need to be reviewing a text and doing something else at the same time. There are bound to be several versions out there. Try i-tunes first.

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